The Wizards cruised to victory over the Heat, leading by as many as 36 and eventually winning 114-93 at Verizon Center. The Heat were undermanned, playing without James and Bosh, and the Wizards took advantage. The Wizards had one of their best offensive nights of the year, shooting 59% from the field, hitting 14 threes at 48% and distributing a season-high 36 assists. Wall had 13 of those assists and Miller nine. Trevor Ariza led the way with 25 points, Nene had 18, Harrington scored 16 and Beal 15. Marcin Gortat recorded his 36th double-double of the campaign with 10 points and 13 boards. The Wizards also outrebounded the Heat 42-31. Michael Beasley led the Heat with 18 points in the loss.
The entire second quarter defined this one and was one of the best quarters of the season. Washington shot 93.8% on 15/16 from the field, scored 43 points (highest scoring second quarter of the year), and turned a one point lead into 22.
Player of the Game
Trevor Ariza had been cold offensively as he battled the flu, and he broke out of it in a big way tonight. He scored 25 points on 10/13 shooting including 5/8 from long distance. Ariza added three boards, two assists and three steals and also finished as a +26.
36. The Wizards had their best distribution of the year tonight, finishing with a season-high 36 assists on 46 made buckets.
It's not often that Wall's performances are unsung but tonight he played the role of pure playmaker, finishing with 13 assists against just two turnovers and only four points.
By: Jacob Raim