Final Score: Miami 102, Washington 72
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - LeBron James compiled 23 and 10 rebounds as the
Miami Heat exacted a measure of revenge on the Washington Wizards with a
102-72 rout of their Southeast Division rival at American Airlines Arena.
The Heat were dealt a shocking 105-101 defeat in Washington to a Wizards team
that was 1-13 at the time back on Dec. 4, but ensured there would be no repeat
outcome this time. Miami never had a lead under double digits after the second
quarter and was ahead by as many as 35 points at one stage.
Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem each netted 13 points to help the defending
world champions bounce back from Wednesday's 97-95 home setback to Golden
State as well.
Bradley Beal and Cartier Martin were the lone bright spots in an otherwise
awful offensive display for Washington, which shot a meager 37.5 percent from
the field and committed 21 turnovers that the Heat converted into 30 points.
"Credit to Miami. They came out and put pressure on us and we didn't
handle their pressure," Wizards head coach Randy Wittman stated. "I don't
know what we were doing from an offensive standpoint."
Beal paced the Wizards with 19 points, with Martin recording 18 off the bench
while making good on 4-of-6 attempts from 3-point range.
Miami quickly established its superiority over the cellar-dwelling Wizards,
with a Shane Battier 3-pointer capping a 9-0 run that staked the Heat to a
23-7 advantage with three minutes still to play in the first quarter.
Washington shot a poor 6-of-21 during the frame and trailed by a 26-14 count
at period's end.
"We came out and set a tone early on, and everyone followed," said Wade of the
The Wizards did start off the second quarter well, with Martin and Jordan
Crawford each sinking treys during an 8-2 flurry that brought Washington
within 28-22 just over two minutes into the session.
That would be as close as the team would get over the remainder of the
Up 35-28 with five minutes left in the first half, Miami put together a 10-2
burst to extend the differential to 15 points, and the Heat would go into the
locker room owning a comfortable 50-36 lead.
Miami wasn't threatened at all after the break, with Washington mustering a
paltry 10 points while hitting just 4-of-15 field goal tries during a third
quarter in which James outscored Washington all by himself. The reigning
league MVP poured in 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting over the course of the
stanza as the Heat opened up a commanding 79-46 spread entering the final 12
James, Wade, Chris Bosh and Haslem were all rested during the fourth quarter
with the outcome already decided.
Wizards center Nene did not play due to soreness in his left foot ...
Washington had won the last three meetings between the clubs dating back to
last season, though Miami has gone 13-4 against the Wizards since the start of
the 2008-09 campaign ... James extended his streak of scoring 20 points or
more to 26 straight games, the longest active run in the NBA ... Martin
connected on 5-of-11 attempts from beyond the arc during a 21-point
performance against the Lakers on Friday.
12/15 23:57:33 ET
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