September 23, 2014

Washington Wizards Game Wrap 21: Miami Heat start strong, hold lead to down Wizards in South Beach

In their second meeting of the year, the Miami Heat got revenge over the Washington Wizards for last week’s upset at the Verizon Center with a 102-72 win in South Beach Saturday night.

The first half could not have been any dissimilar to the last time these two teams met just last week. Washington struggled shooting from all over the floor. Bradley Beal’s performance stood out as particularly concerning, shooting just 3-of-11 from the floor. His first half performance was regretable, as the rookie had been shooting better of late.

Meanwhile, for the Heat, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh combined to go 8-for-9 from the floor in the first two quarters. The two accounted for 21 of the 50 points Miami scored enroute to a 50-36 halftime lead. A huge first quarter helped the Heat grab the early lead and take it forward to the third frame of the game.

Washington used the halftime breaks to help spur them to strong second halves in the past. On Saturday though, the second two quarters were just as rough as the first. Miami continued to extend their lead and forced their will on their Eastern Conference rivals.

Beal and Crawford’s struggles continued in the last two quarters. The two combined to sink just eight of their 30 shots on the evening and were the main reason the team was only able to put up 72 total points. Meanwhile, LeBron James exploded in the final two quarters to finish with a game high 23 points.

Another loss drops the Wizards to 3-17 on the season. Washington returns home on Tuesday to face the Atlanta Hawks.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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