By: Jeremy Hyman
The Wizards defeated the Miami Heat 114-97 on January 15th at Verizon Center. John Wall led the Wizards with 25 points, nine assists and five rebounds. Full Recap
Road Streaking - The Wizards are 5-0 on the road since the all-star break and are now 17-13 on the season away from home. They now have more road wins (17) than they tallied in the last two seasons combined (16). They've also won eight of nine overall as they continue to jockey for seeding in a tight Eastern Conference race. They'll look to take the series lead over the division leading Heat tonight, with one more #WizHeat game scheduled in April back at Verizon Center.
Catching Miami After Losses - It's rare a team will face the Heat coming off consecutive losses any time during a season. For the Wizards, this will be the third time this year they get Miami in that spot, something they have only had happen four separate instances this season. The Heat are on a three-game losing streak and coming off a tough overtime loss in Chicago yesterday. There's no question they'll be hungry for a win back at home tonight, where they are 24-4 on the season. The Wizards gave them their third straight loss the last time they met in January and tonight will again look to hand them a season-long losing streak by pulling off the upset and winning their sixth straight on the road.
Wizards - Trevor Ariza is averaging 23.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in his last seven games. He is shooting .660 from three-point range (31-of-47) during this stretch.
Heat - Chris Bosh is averaging 19.5 points over the Heat's last two contests and went 3/5 from 3-point range yesterday in Chicago.
Wade to Play? - Dwyane Wade generally sits out the second night of a back-to-back, so it will be interesting to see if he gets the call tonight with the Heat on a three game losing streak and yesterday's game being played in the afternoon. Wade scored 25 points in 39 minutes of action yesterday.
The action kicks off at 7:30pm tonight in Miami.
While no player has been a hotter 3-point shooter over the last two weeks than Trevor Ariza, tonight it will be his defense that gets the most attention as he gets the daunting task of trying to contain LeBron James. The Wizards will use a team approach and a lot of help defense on James, but Ariza will generally be the primary defender. After going eight straight games of shooting at least 50% from the floor, James actually had back-to-back games in which he struggled to shoot the ball, going 14/41 in the Heat's last two games. He also did not shoot a free-throw in yesterday's game, which was the first game this season that occurred. He'll likely be on a mission tonight as the Heat try and avoid a season-long four-game losing streak, so look for Ariza to be a pest and make things difficult for the MVP candidate.
Ariza's Drive & Slam