NBA Game Summary - Washington at Miami
(Thursday, December 13th)
Final Score: Washington 104, Miami 91
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - DeShawn Stevenson scored a season-high 26 points with six three-pointers and Caron Butler led a stellar effort by Washington's frontcourt with 19 points and 10 rebounds, as the Wizards snapped an eight- game losing streak at Miami with a 104-91 victory over the Heat.
The victory was Washington's first in South Beach since April 11, 2003.
"It's a terrific win. We are not over our heads," Washington head coach Eddie Jordan said. "It was a great effort. This team is this team, and the teams that lost before are different teams."
Minus Gilbert Arenas, Washington featured a drive-and-kick game and pounded the offensive glass with 14 offensive boards. Brendan Haywood grabbed five of those -- 10 total rebounds -- to go along with 12 points and Antawn Jamison added 16 points and a game-high 16 boards. The Wizards also made nine threes to win their third consecutive game.
Chris Quinn and Ricky Davis kept the Heat within striking distance with Dwyane Wade clearly still favoring an injury and Shaquille O'Neal limited by three first-half fouls. Quinn made six of Miami's eight treys, scoring a season-high 22 points and Davis added 16. Wade scored 17 points with seven rebounds and seven assists and Udonis Haslem notched a double-double with 19 points and 11 boards.
O'Neal played just over 26-minutes and was outdone by Haywood, compiling just seven points and six rebounds.
"I'm disappointed," said Wade. "I am disappointed more than anything, we dropped the ball tonight."
Washington closed the first quarter with a 14-5 spurt to take a 28-16 edge. Stevenson scored 12 straight points for the Wizards during the stretch and Antonio Daniels scored the final four.
The game-changing burst, however, came in the third after Miami had cut a 17- point deficit to five. O'Neal's layup brought Miami within 61-56 after it trailed 59-49 at the half, but the Wizards reeled off 15 consecutive points to take control.
Butler, Jamison and Haywood all scored from in close then Butler slashed to the rim for two more field goals before Haywood converted a layup. The UConn product Butler again attacked the rim for a layup then Haslem finally stopped the surge with a jump shot after nearly five scoreless minutes for the Heat in which they missed nine shots in a row.
Washington navigated its way through the fourth without any significant problem.
The Wizards shot 45.6 percent from the floor, while the Heat made 46.6 percent of their shots...The game featured three ties and five lead changes...Miami dropped to 2-7 at home this season...Washington improved to 5-6 away from home...Attendance: 19,600.
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