The Miami Heat hosted the Washington Wizards Monday night at the American Airlines Arena and for much of the night struggled defensively to suppress the Wizards offense. The Miami Heat fell to the Wizards 114-103, the game was much closer than the final score indicates.
Washington was on fire last night hitting the jump shot and out rebounding the heat 37-34 this all came with the bigs of the Wizards Marcin Gortat and Nene out, but where they really had the upperhand was in the offensive rebounding category grabbing twelve, while the heat managed four offensive rebounds
The Wizards at one point had the Miami Heat down by fourteen in the second quarter and in part was due to the outstanding play of their guards. Gary Neal 21 points and four assists, Bradley Beal 21 points and four assists and All Star point guard John Wall 26 points and seven assists.
The Miami Heat did not have a bad offensive performance finishing the night scoring 103 points, while their stars Dwyane Wade pitched in 26 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, point guard Goran Dragic has been more consistent as of late adding 20 points and nine assists, Chris Bosh finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots before being ejected with 28 seconds left in the fourth quarter for arguing with the referee in regards to the refs missing a blatant traveling violation by guard Bradley Beal at a crucial moment in the game.
In the end the Miami Heat could not recover from mistakes, questionable calls and defensively was one of Miami's worst efforts so far this season. The Washington Wizards just kept making plays, playing tough and attacking the basket while also looking for the kick out to their shooters.
The Miami Heat now will hit the road and play the next four out of five games away from home, starting with a visit Wednesday December 9th to take on the Charlotte Hornets (12-7) at 7pm.
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