Wednesday's regular-season finale at AmericanAirlines Arena was not about final answers. Not with the Miami Heat hopeful of a two-month playoff run to follow.

Instead, the 105-93 victory over the Orlando Magic, the Heat's 66th victory of the season, was about what comes next, starting with Sunday's home playoff opener against the Milwaukee Bucks, at 7 p.m. on TNT and Sun Sports.

It was about getting a read on their possible second-round matchup, which will be the winner of the series between the Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets.

And it was about seeing whether the loss of Dwight Howard would drop the Magic to rock bottom.

Most significant was Wade, who had missed seven of the nine previous games, not even traveling for Monday's victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Wade provided instant answers, playing the opening 8:52 and closing that stint with eight points on 4-of-5 shooting with four assists, as the Heat pushed to a 29-20 lead entering the second period. Included in that opening burst was a sweeping drive past Andrew Nicholson for a dunk over Maurice Harkless.

As the lone member of the team's Big Three to play, Wade closed with 21 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and two blocked shots in 23 minutes, exiting for good midway through the third quarter. He was active, aggressive, afforded a canvas to display the depth of his skills with LeBron James and Chris Bosh not playing.

"I really wanted to get my legs under me," Wade said.

He ended the game with knee on ice.

"I still have a bone bruise," he said.

James missed the game due to a personal matter that will not impact his playoff availability, with Bosh in uniform but not playing, held out for the fifth time in seven games.

Also sitting for the Heat was point guard Mario Chalmers, who has been dealing with a tricky right ankle, an injury that is not expected to be a playoff concern. Back for the Heat were forward Udonis Haslem, who had missed the previous four games with a sprained right ankle, and forward Shane Battier, who was given the previous three games off to rest a sore left knee. Haslem started in place of Bosh, with Battier playing off the bench in his typical sixth-man role.

"We feel that we've managed it fairly well," coach Erik Spoelstra said of resting his players over these final weeks of the season, with the Heat assured of the top overall playoff seed. "There isn't a perfect plan for it."