The Wizards opened the game strong, leading 43-18 after the first quarter, and ended up routing the defending champs, 114-97. The Heat cut it to nine a couple of times but never got closer than that as the Wizards rolled to victory. Seven Wizards finished in double figures and the team shot 54.7% from the field, their highest field goal percentage of the year. John Wall led the way with 25 points and nine assists, Nene had 19 points and a career high nine assists and Beal had 19 points as well. For the Heat, LeBron James had a typically nice all around night with 25 points, eight boards and seven assists.
The entire first quarter was crucial to this one as the Wizards outscored the Heat 43-18 for their highest scoring quarter of the year, but it was in the very opening moments that set the tone for this game. Just a minute in, James got out on the break and looked to have an easy finish but Nene got back and swatted him out of nowhere. Wall went down the floor, was fouled and hit both free throws to give the Wizards the early lead and they would never look back.
Player of the Game
Wall gets the nod as the player of the game though it was assuredly a team effort and could've gone to a number of guys. He had 25 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, on 7/14 shooting from the field. He was also 3/6 from long distance and 8/8 from the free throw line. He added nine assists and five boards to cap his night.
77%. The Wizards absolutely flew out of the gate, scoring 43 first quarter points on an incredible 77% shooting from the field to take firm control of the game.
Trevor Booker may be coming off the bench now, but that hasn't changing his play at all. Booker had 13 points on a perfect 5/5 shooting night to go along with 11 boards in his 29 minutes. He also was tasked with guarding James at times during the contest and did a solid job on the MVP.
By: Jacob Raim