NBA Game Summary - Miami at Washington
(Friday, April 4th)
Final Score: Washington 109, Miami 95
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Caron Butler scored 29 points, as the Washington Wizards clinched a playoff spot for a fourth consecutive season with a 109-95 win over the lowly Miami Heat at the Verizon Center.
Andray Blatche had 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench, while Brendan Haywood finished with 14 and eight boards for the Wizards, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Gilbert Arenas scored 13 points and dished out eight assists in his second game back after missing the past 66 games following knee surgery.
"We've been through a lot of adversity this year," Butler said. "We lost Gilbert early and have had a lot of doubters since. We've been coming out and playing at a high level night in and night out. Clinching a playoff spot is real rewarding, but at the same time it is what is expected from us."
Washington was without the services of forward Antawn Jamison, who suffered a sprained right shoulder late in Wednesday's 110-109 loss to Milwaukee.
The Wizards are tied with Philadelphia for the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference, one game ahead of Toronto.
"When I first got here just making the playoffs gave the fans something to cheer about," Haywood said. "We have made it four years in a row and they want to see us make a run deep in the playoffs. Being a part of the playoffs isn't good enough now. We have to do something when we get there."
Ricky Davis tallied a game-high 33 points for the Heat, who made a franchise record 19 three-pointers. Davis shot 9-for-12 from beyond the arc. Chris Quinn had 24 points and eight assists for Miami, which is an NBA-worst 13-63 and has lost six in a row. Quinn made five of his eight attempts from three-point range.
"We stayed in the game, but we just couldn't get over the hump," Quinn said. "We gave them too many easy baskets."
Heat forward Alexander Johnson was hit in a collision with teammate Mark Blount in the fourth quarter. Johnson was taken to a local hospital, but was later released.
Washington led 29-23 after the opening 12 minutes, and Blatche nailed a jumper to make it 40-30 with 8:25 remaining in the second. A Butler layup stretched the margin to 55-37 and the Wizards carried a 60-44 advantage into halftime.
The Wizards maintained control in the third quarter, leading by as many as 21.
Miami trailed 88-72 heading into the fourth quarter, but Davis and Daequan Cook knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to open the stanza, narrowing the deficit to 88-78. A trey by Blount brought the Heat to within 94-85, but Butler's three ignited a 9-3 run that put the game out of reach.
Washington shot 52.1 percent (38-of-73) from the field, including 54.5 percent (12-of-22) from beyond the arc...The Heat finished 19-of-32 from three-point range...The Wizards held a 40-25 edge on the glass...Washington improved to 22-16 at home. Miami falls to 6-33 on the road...The Wizards swept the four- game season series...Quinn's 24 points tied his season-high mark...Miami's last 11 field goals were three-pointers.
04/05 00:46:41 ET