Wiz aren’t 19-6 good (easy schedule, lots of close wins), but they’re good and improving many of their weaknesses. I’m encouraged.
Heat shot 54% on 48 contested shots last night. Wiz shot 48.6% on 37 uncontested shots. Think Wiz played better than score indicated.
Wizards players have brought up finals talk more and more lately. Before the season, they talked conference finals. Confidence is growing.
Also - really like watching the Wiz cuz of PP.. He's in total savvy vet mode (like tonight in Miami). And Wall has been outstanding.
Wizards get their first lead of the second half.
Heat keep answering back every time the Wizards make it close.
Wizards have been very effective from mid-range.
A rollercoaster third period and sort of back where we were at half. Heat 79, Wizards 76 going into fourth. Deng with 16.
End Q3: Heat 79, Wizards 76. Deng: 16p, 4r. Chalmers: 14p, 5a. Wade: 13p on 6/15, 6a, 4r. Haslem with 9p on 4/4 off bench.
Heat take the slim 55-54 lead vs the Wizards into halftime. They had a solid effort on both ends of the floor with room for improvement.
HALF: Heat 55, Wizards 54.
Gritty non-Bosh effort by Heat. Heat 55, Wizards 54 at half. Chalmers with 12, Deng with nine, Haslem with nine.
Heat shooting 65.6 percent. Chalmers leads with 12 points. Heat 53, Wizards 52 2:00 2Q.
Some quality minutes from Hassan Whiteside here in the 2Q. And by quality I mean he's got two rebounds. Wizards 47, Heat 44.
Long arms of Whiteside disruptive there in the paint and a turnover leads to points. Timeout Wizards. Wizards 39, Heat 36
Hassan Whiteside now in the game for Justin Hamilton and the Wizards immediately go to Nene.
No surprise, the Wizards are really asserting themselves in the paint and causing plenty of damage.
Heat shoot 53% in Q1, Washington at 50%. Wizards go 12/24 FGs w/ 10 2nd-chance points off 5 o-reb & commit just 1 TO.
Wizards 29, Heat 25 at end of first period. Could be worse, considering Wade 0 for 3 and scoreless after 42 vs. Jazz.
End Q1: Wizards 29, Heat 25. Chalmers: 5p, 4a. Williams: 6p on 2/3 threes. Andersen: 5p with 2 alleyoops. Wade: 0p on 0/3, 2a. Deng: 5p, 3r.
10 of the Wizards first 13 points have come in the paint. They also have 5 second chance points.
Heat 13, Wizards 11, 6:25 left in Q1. Chris Andersen leads Miami with 5p. Wade has 2a. Miami holding Washington to 39% FGs.