December 8, 2019

Washington Wizards Game 19 Review: Inconsistent season continues as Wall and Wiz down Heat

Despite a loss, the Washington Wizards were extremely fortunate in Sunday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks. After John Wall had to be carried off the court after bumping knees with Jeremy Evans, the All-Star point guard was able to deal with soreness — not structural damage — and start 24 hours later in South Beach.

Washington needed its floor general against the current Eastern Conference leaders against the veteran and talent-loaded Miami Heat. In a back-and-forth game, with Dwayne Wade leading the charge for Miami, the Wizards got terrific guard play and were victorious, 114-103, beating the top team in the East a week after doing the same to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Wall finished with 26 points and seven assists. Bradley Beal and Gary Neal added 21 points apiece as the Wizards moved to 8-10.

Dwayne Wade led the Heat (12-6) with 26 points.

After recording a career high in rebounds against Dallas with 11, Otto Porter followed up the performance early. The lengthy forward had five boards before five minutes even passed in the game. But Washington continued to leave points on the charity stripe, where they started 2 of 6. Wall fueled an 8-0 run with a pace that would not allow the Heat’s No. 1 defense get set. On the defensive end, Ryan Hollins was a stud for Washington early before the guards decided to anticipate passes. After one quarter, the Wizards led 29-19.

The bench continued good ball pressure, forcing difficult shots late in the shot clock for Miami. Offensively, Neal continued his efficient scoring off the bench by starting perfect from the field for 11 points. The Heat responded with a 13-5 run before John Wall reentered the game. Wade started to attack the Wizards with his post-up game. The Wizards weathered the storm and went into halftime up 60-55.

Wade continued to turn back the clock in the second half, as he had eight of the Heat’s first 12 points on a 12-2 run that gave them a three-point lead. Even with Wade and Gerald Green combining for 19 points in the first eight minutes of the quarter, Washington ended the quarter with a 9-2 run, allowing the Wizards to cling to an 87-84 lead headed into the fourth quarter.

(Photo by: @Wizards)

(Photo by: @Wizards)

It was slow pickings early, as the two clubs combined for just six points 4 minutes into the final session. A five-point mini-run, courtesy of Ramon Sessions, helped give Washington a 99-91 lead with five minutes left in the game. Wade didn’t give up though, as he single-handedly got the Heat to tie the game at 101. After a Beal steal and dunk, Neal, the pride of Towson, came through with five more Wizards points. By the end of it all, Washington left Florida with a 114-103 victory.

Washington will return home for a matchup with the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. The belief is that Marcin Gortat will be back from Poland to face off against his former teammate in Dwight Howard.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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