The Wizards did the unthinkable. They went into Miami and beat the Heat to win their third straight game.
LeBron James and Chris Bosh didn’t play, and Dwyane Wade only played three minutes before leaving due to the dislocation of his left index finger, but those are just details. The Wizards still won 86 to 84 in Miami against the Heat.
No time to waste here, it’s time for some happy Bullets Points:
- Without Chris Bosh and LeBron James, the Heat’s starting lineup consisted of Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade (who only played 3 minutes), James Jones, Udonis Haslem, and Dexter Pittman.
- Nene played but did not start for the second straight game. He came off the bench to score 11 points, and ultimately hit the game-winner, in his 21 minutes.
- Cartier Martin led the charge with a season-high 22 points (8/15 FG) in 38 minutes. He also shot 4 of 8 from three-point range.
- Cartier Martin’s big night was needed with Jordan Crawford struggling the way he did. Crawford hit a shot from half court right before the halftime buzzer, but only scored 7 points (2/14 FG). With roughly 10 seconds remaining, Crawford went iso on the right wing and lost the ball as he was going to the basket. The Heat got a fast break going, which ultimately led to a Udonis Haslem put-back slam to tie the game at 84 with 4.6 seconds remaining.
- How about John Wall? He didn’t knock down a jumper tonight, but he was primary reason the Wizards would come out on top tonight. It was his 9 fourth quarter assists that helped ensure the Wizards would get their seventeenth win of the season.
- On what became the game-winning play, Wall in-bounded the ball to Nene — who passed the ball right back to Wall — and they ran the pick and roll. John found Nene at the rim and Nene delivered with half a second remaining.
- It was another good night for Kevin Seraphin. While he did get into some foul trouble with five fouls in 33 minutes, he also put up 17 points (8/15 FG) and 6 rebounds.
- Washington led the majority of the game, but early in the fourth quarter, former Wizard Mike Miller scored eight straight Heat points, giving them the lead.
- Miami turned the ball over 22 times in the game. In their five-game winning streak before tonight’s game, they were averaging 13.8 turnovers per game.
- The Wizards drew seven charges.
- The Wizards outscored the Heat 22 to 3 in fast break points.
- This is the Wizards’ first three-game winning streak of the season.
- Tonight’s box score
The Wizards will look to make it four wins in a row on Monday night when they host the hapless Charlotte Bobcats. I’m not a gambling man, but I’d put down good money that the Wizards go to sleep on Monday night with a four-game winning streak.