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The Heat entered Tuesday night with a 12-3 record while the Wizards had just one win on the young season, but that is why they play the games.

The Wizards shocked the defending champs, 105-101, on Tuesday night at Verizon Center to win their third straight game over the Heat.

The Wizards shot a blistering 58% in the first half to score a season-high 60 points and led by six at the halftime break. They built that lead into double figures in the second half, but the Heat made their fourth quarter charge and gave the Wizards a true test down the stretch. However, this time the Wizards answered every run the Heat made and were able to keep their composure down the stretch to pull out the victory. LeBron James missed a three-pointer with less than 6 seconds left which would have tied the game at 104 and then Nene shut the door hitting one of two free throws and sealing the 105-101 win.

Jordan Crawford led the team with 22 points & 6 assists, Kevin Seraphin had another double-double with 16 points & 10 boards, while the team had a season-high 31 assists on 38 made field goals.

A.J. Price added 14 points, Martell Webster went for 13, and Bradley Beal ended with 10.

For the Heat, James had a triple-double with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, Bosh had 20 points and 12 boards and Wade had 24 points.

Next, the Wizards head to Atlanta to take on the Hawks on Friday night.


Chris Singleton
Points: 9
Rebounds: 9
Assists: 3

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Points: Jordan Crawford - 22
Rebounds: Kevin Seraphin - 10
Assists: Jordan Crawford - 6
Blocks: Singleton, Seraphin and Beal - 1
Steals: Trevor Ariza - 3

On the win tonight:

“That was a complete game for us; from start to finish. That’s as good as we’ve moved the ball all year. We had 31 assists to 38 baskets, that’s hard to do. The ball didn’t stick as much tonight. The dribbling didn’t happen nearly as much tonight. I’m so happy for those guys. I told them, ‘Maybe it’s starting to pay off for us now.’ – those close games that we should’ve won but gave away.”

On the Wizards rotation:

“It’s starting to fall in. We changed our starting lineup a little bit tonight because of the situation. With them starting Rashard Lewis, I didn’t want to put Kevin (Seraphin) in a position where he’s obviously not very comfortable guarding. I’m starting to find a rotation.”
On the team effort:

“I think trust was big. We trusted our teammates, trusted ourselves and offensively, just moving the ball against a defensive team like the Heat where they help and rotations are there. They are a really good defensive team and the numbers prove it so we got to move the ball to score.”
On tonight’s win:

“We actually executed and stepped up down the stretch, which is what we actually need to do. We focused in. I think our defense was great, best defensive performance we’ve had all year. Offensive performance was the best we’ve had all year, too. It was an all-around great game.”

On Wizards’ ball movement:

“Throughout this whole week of practice that’s literally all we’ve been doing. Passing the ball up the court. Moving the ball. Making sure everyone basically touches it. When you do that, it gets the defense moving and they get tired quick. It’s a great strategy for us.”
On the win:

“It’s just good to pull out a win. It’s good to know that all the hard work is finally coming through and it shows that we can be a good team.”

On the defense against the Heat’s Big 3:

“It was as good as it can get. They are good players. They are going to make tough shots but we just stuck with it.”
On what went wrong in the game:

“I think we gave up too many points in the first half. We let them get to the basket relatively easy and we let them get comfortable. I think in the second half we played our game. We got stops, had great looks, but this time the shots that we were accustomed to making weren’t falling.”

On the Wizards’ win:

“We know that every team is going to come playing their very best. They’re going to make shots that they normally don’t make. They had 31 assists this game which is a season-high for them. They are up for it and we just have to meet them. This isn’t a lesson for us; it’s just a loss, that’s all it is. We’ve seen and been through everything so we don’t need a loss to teach us a lesson to do better.”
On the Wizards:

“They run some great sets. We knew that they ran some great sets, a lot of movement. Their coach is doing a great job with that. It was challenging defensively, but when we turned it up we made it a little tougher on them. But by then they were in a rhythm, in a groove. They made some nice plays, some nice shots, some big shots.”

On the loss:

“It’s the NBA. We can learn from it. You don’t become a good team by holding on to certain losses or certain wins. You have to play the game and learn from both wins and losses.”