NBA Game Summary - Washington at Miami
(Wednesday, January 28th)
Final Score: Miami 93, Washington 71
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Daequan Cook and Michael Beasley each scored 16 points, as the Miami Heat used a balanced attack to crush the Washington Wizards, 93-71.
Neither team shot over 40 percent, but the Heat sank 10 three-pointers and made 19-of-22 free throws to win their third consecutive game. Miami also had six players reach double-figure scoring, as Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem had 14 points apiece, while Mario Chalmers and James Jones each had 10.
"Our activity level was pretty much consistent the whole way through," Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra said. "That's what we were looking for, and that's what we talked about at halftime. We wanted to take another step in maturity, to really focus in and play every possession hard."
Antawn Jamison finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds, both game-highs, but Washington, which had a season-low in points, went on to lose its fourth consecutive game. The Wizards have also lost 11 of their last 13, and fell to 3-20 in road games this season.
"We can ill afford to let our offense dictate what type of defense we ought to play," Jamison said. "That is what happened tonight. We didn't play well offensively. We didn't move the ball. Guys didn't hustle to get back in transition. They got a lot of easy opportunities on us tonight."
Miami led by only two at halftime, but used an 11-0 run in the third quarter to take control. Wade had a free throw and layup, Cook added a three, Joel Anthony sank a jumper and Chalmers capped the surge with a triple to boost the Heat lead to 60-50.
Cook later made a trey and jumper back-to-back, and Wade capped the third quarter with a dunk to give Miami a 70-56 advantage.
Two quick Wizards baskets at the outset of the fourth quarter got Washington's deficit back to 10, but Miami responded with a 10-0 burst that Jones ended with a three-pointer and two foul shots. The run extended the Heat's lead to 80-60, and they cruised to the finish from there.
The Wizards scored 10 of the final 13 points of the first quarter, taking a 23-18 lead into the second. But the Heat had an 11-2 run in the second quarter, going ahead 31-29 on a Beasley three-point play midway through the frame. The teams each had a small run before halftime, but a Cook trey put Miami up 41-39 at the break.
The Wizards made 37 percent of their field goals, and just 2-of-13 from three- point range. They also made it to the free throw line 13 times, sinking nine...The Heat shot 39 percent overall...Heat forward Shawn Marion sat out with a strained left groin. He has missed four of the club's last five games...Miami leads the season series, 3-0.
01/28 23:57:46 ET