The Miami Heat haven’t lost three in a row since January 2012 and they entered play against the Washington Wizards Sunday evening looking to avoid doing just that, having dropped their last two games in a 1-2 start. The Wizards, meanwhile, haven’t been to .500 since the first two games of the season in 2011.
Neither team had to worry too much about those streaks though.
The Heat built a 23-point lead at the end of the third quarter and coasted to a 103-93 win over the Wizards, sending coach Randy Wittman’s squad to an 0-3 start in 2013-14.
The Wizards had five players in double figures, led by Bradley Beal with 19. But they just didn’t have any answers for Miami’s “Big Three”, as LeBron James (25 pts.), Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade all were over 20 to lead the Heat to an easy win.
“This was a game I thought they hit us and we took the punch. We kept fighting the whole way through,” Wittman said. “This is how we need to play, learning and moving forward. Nobody wants to lose, but we took some steps in the right direction.”
John Wall was just 4-for-12 from the field and finished with 11 points and 9 assists. Marcin Gortat had 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting and 11 rebounds, his first double-double of the season, and also hit his third career three-point shot, and first in three seasons.
Nene did not play due to a strained left calf. His status remains day-to-day.