The Wizards hung tough with the Heat, but in the end Miami was just a little too tough, as they pulled out the 99-90 victory. The Wizards absolutely dominated on the boards, outrebounding the Heat 50-33 but the Heat were just too hot down the stretch. They shot 50% overall, 47.6% from three and made all nine of their free throws. The Wizards in contrast shot just 40%, staying in the game by getting extra possessions through their 21 offensive boards. Marcin Gortat had a huge game for the Wizards, tying his career-high with 18 boards and adding 14 points. Bradley Beal led the Wizards in scoring with 18. Miami's big three of James, Wade and Bosh combined for 67 of their 99 and all three went for over 20.

Key Moment

With 5:54 to go, Drew Gooden scored down low to give the Wizards the 84-83 lead and it looked like it was going to be a dog fight to the finish. It was at that moment that the Heat would get red hot and the Wizards would go ice cold as Miami went on a 12-0 run over the next three minutes to close the Wizards out.

Player of the Game

Marcin Gortat was dominating in this one, almost singlehandedly keeping the Wizards in the game early on the boards. He had 10 rebounds in the first quarter and finished with a career-high tying 18 with nine of those coming on the offensive end. He also had 14 points on 7/15 shooting and added four assists.

Key Number

21. The Wizards did not shoot nearly as well as Miami, but stayed in the game with second looks as they grabbed a season-high 21 offensive rebounds.

Unsung Hero

Drew Gooden continued to have a much larger impact than usual for a 10-day contract guy. Gooden finished with 15 points on 7/12 shooting, including 1/2 from long range.

By: Jacob Raim

Field Goal %: 40.4%
3 Point %: 38.7%
Assists: 24
Rebounds: 50
Opponents Field Goal %: 50.0%

Points: Bradley Beal - 18
Rebounds: Marcin Gortat - 18
Assists: John Wall - 8
Blocks: Booker and Webster - 1
Steals: Trevor Ariza - 2