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                === Heat down Wizards, sew up playoff berth ===
 
 Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Dwyane Wade donated 22 points, including 13 in
 the  fourth quarter,  as  the  Miami Heat  ended  their  three-game slide  and
 clinched  a playoff  berth with  a 99-90  win over  the Washington  Wizards at
 AmericanAirlines Arena.
 
 LeBron James supplied 23 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, while Chris
 Bosh added 22 points and seven boards for the Heat, who haven't lost four in a
 row since a five-game drought from Feb. 27-March 8, 2011.
 
 "This  is a game where we showed some growth," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.
 "The  fact  that we had to  fight for it and  compete for it against a playoff
 team that's playing good basketball was important."
 
 Miami  now trails the idle Indiana Pacers by just one game for the top spot in
 the Eastern Conference standings.
 
 Bradley  Beal  paced Washington with 18  points, Martell Webster scored 17 and
 Marcin  Gortat  tallied 14 points  and 18 boards for  the Wizards, who had won
 eight of their last nine games coming into the tilt.
 
 Washington  led 84-83  following Drew Gooden's layup just past the midpoint of
 the fourth, but Wade answered with a three-point play to spark a decisive 12-0
 run from the Heat.
 
 Bosh  buried  a 3-pointer  in the burst  before Wade capped  it with a driving
 layup for a 95-84 lead with 3:13 left.
 
 Beal  knocked  down a  triple  to  quell the  Miami  run,  but the  Heat  held
 Washington to just one field goal the rest of the way to secure the victory.
 
 "We  were kind of too lackadaisical with the ball," said Beal. "(We) had a lot
 of unsure decisions, we should have been a little bit more aggressive."
 
 Early  on, James drained  three 3-pointers to help the Heat jump out to a 16-6
 lead under 4 1/2 minutes in.
 
 Miami  carried  a 31-23 spread  into the second  stanza, which saw the Wizards
 make it a one-possession game a number of times before James fueled a late run
 that sent the Heat into halftime with an eight-point edge.
 
 A  Bosh  jumper early  in the third  pushed Miami's lead  to 59-47, but Gortat
 answered  with eight  straight points  before  Trevor Booker  followed with  a
 jumper to bring the Wizards within 59-57 with 6:05 left in the third.
 
 Battier buried a 3 and Bosh added a jumper to give Miami a seven-point spread,
 but the Wizards reeled off 11 straight points to take a 68-64 lead.
 
 Chris  Andersen and Ray Allen then combined on a 7-3 swing to tie the tilt and
 the teams entered the fourth locked at 73-apiece.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Washington had a five-game road win streak snapped and fell to 17-15 away from
 home  this season  ... Miami  improved  to 25-4  at  home this  season and  is
 unbeaten  in  its last six contests  in South Florida ... Miami forward Udonis
 Haslem  appeared  in 700th career game,  but did not score ... Gooden finished
 with  15  points ... Washington outrebounded  Miami, 50-33 ... Miami scored 22
 points off 19 Washington turnovers.
 
 
 03/11 00:25:44 ET