Surya Fernandez

With another 15 points tonight, Wade now leads the NBA in fourth quarter scoring average with 7.4 points.

Surya Fernandez

The last time the Heat lost 5 consecutive home games was in March 2008.

Jason Lieser

Washington shot 45.6% on first opportunities, but cleaned up on second-chance points to shoot 49.4% overall.

Ethan J. Skolnick

LeBron says he didn't push Blatt to play Miller. "But I know how Mike can be successful for our team. I played w/ him for a long time."

Ethan J. Skolnick

Mike Miller played 158 minutes & made five 3's for Cavs b4 tonight. Tonight, he played 33 minutes & made seven. LeBron: "He kept us afloat."

Jason Lieser

Wade: "John Wall is unbelievable, and Bradley Beal is a young Ray Allen."

Jason Lieser

Wade: "We’re taking steps forward, it’s just not the steps that our fans and the steps that we’re used to in this organization."

Jason Lieser

Wade during Bosh's absence: 28.8 ppg, 3.8 apg & 4.8 rpg, 49.4% FGs.

Jason Lieser

I asked Granger if he's feeling better & he went into a coughing fit. I think he said "a little better," but I was backing away pretty fast.

Ira Winderman

Winderman's View: The Heat find yet another lineup, unearth Hassan Whiteside, but still can't locate a victory. bit.ly/1DTbeg1

Ira Winderman

This time at least a competitive effort at home for the Heat, which says plenty about where they stand without Bosh. bit.ly/1zKypFu

Jason Lieser

Wade calls his turnover w/ 3.8s left "a boneheaded play."

Barry Jackson

10 p.m. update: More details on Marlins' two trades today: miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/20…

Jason Lieser

Erik Spoelstra on Hassan Whiteside (6p, 7r, 5 fouls in 15 min): "That's a bright spot."

Jason Lieser

Erik Spoelstra: "Until CB gets back, we just have to hold the fort."

Jason Lieser

Erik Spoelstra: "This one hurts. There wasn't much to say to the team afterward."

Barry Jackson

Heat loses 5th straight at home for first time since 2008.Final: Washington 105, Heat 103.Heat drops to 4-9 at home&three under. 500 overall

Barry Jackson

Players in Marlins-Giants trade are being notified. Marlins getting two minor league pitchers for Casey McGehee.

Surya Fernandez

Wizards get their first lead of the second half.

Surya Fernandez

Wade and Deng are complaining about that jump ball. Ball certainly didn't look like it was thrown straight up from my vantage point.

Surya Fernandez

Heat keep answering back every time the Wizards make it close.

Ira Winderman

Checking to see if clear path. Could be significant swing here,

Tom Haberstroh

Sounds like Andre Drummond escaped death tonight. Very kind of James Johnson to spare him.

Jason Lieser

Heat still hanging on, up 85-82 on Washington with 8:37 left. Wade fighting through a 7/17 shooting night for 15p, 7a, 4r.

Joseph Goodman

Wade technical foul (dissension).

Ira Winderman

Wade stops play by fouling to complain, then is called for technical foul for complaining.

Surya Fernandez

Wizards have been very effective from mid-range.

Joseph Goodman

For three quarters, the #Heat has played its best basketball in more than a month. Heat 79, Wizards 76 entering the final period.

Joseph Goodman

#Heat 79, #Wizards 76 entering the 4Q. Deng with seven points in the 3Q. Heat was 8 of 22 from the field in the period but still leads.

Ira Winderman

Heat 11-0 this season when taking a lead into the fourth quarter.

Jason Lieser

Heat struggling against Nene (18p on 8/10), but containing all others. Wall: 9p, 9a. Beal: 10p on 3/11.

Ira Winderman

A rollercoaster third period and sort of back where we were at half. Heat 79, Wizards 76 going into fourth. Deng with 16.

Jason Lieser

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.

Jason Lieser

Heat's last 2 possessions were an airball 3 by Norris Cole & a double dribble by Justin Hamilton. Deng rights it with 2/2 FTs after a drive.

Jason Jackson

He will wrap one on soon RT @fitziest: Ron is not impressed w your ascot @Jason Jackson. he has no time for fashion shenanigans

Jason Lieser

Marcin Gortat and Rasual Butler fighting each other hard for that last rebound. Neither would let go.

Heat Dancers

We tripled up our #MHDHolidayCheer tonight & gave signed posters & fan kits to 3 of the cutest fans at tonights game! http://t.co/lcmlGtzuFK

Jason Jackson

Bird tweaked his right ankle.... Had it retaped ... Will return

Jason Lieser

Heat say Chris Andersen "tweaked" his R ankle and will return.

Ira Winderman

Heat say Birdman had right ankle re-taped and is able to return.

Ira Winderman

Four fouls on Whiteside. Kid's got a bunch of energy. Perhaps a bit too much.

Jason Lieser

Chris Andersen is back in the bench area. Appeared to be limping.

Jason Lieser

Wade in w/ Deng, a back-up PG, a journeyman who nearly slipped out of NBA this year & a recent D-leaguer. Just hit a jumper to put Heat up 8

Joseph Goodman

Birdman back on the bench during the timeout.

Ira Winderman

Hassan Whiteside's length making a difference.

Ira Winderman

Birdman, meanwhile, to the locker room, has been getting banged around all night.

Surya Fernandez

Birdman goes straight to the locker room while Whiteside gets his first field goal of the night.

Ira Winderman

Figure on more Whiteside and less Hamilton going forward.

Tom Haberstroh

Chris Andersen to the locker room. Limping as he jogged off the floor.

Jason Lieser

Chris Andersen is hurt. Looked like ankle or knee. He goes to the locker room.

Joseph Goodman

Birdman limps off and is headed straight to the locker room. Not good.

Surya Fernandez

Birdman continues to be hobbled and asks to be taken out. Whiteside coming in.

Ira Winderman

Now Whiteside first big off bench, ahead of Haslem and Hamilton.

Barry Jackson

No. 18 UM stunningly drubbed by visiting Eastern Kentucky, 72-44, to drop to 9-2.

Ira Winderman

The Heat shot 12 of 15 in the second period, with the only three misses coming from Wade.

Surya Fernandez

Heat shot very well from the field in the first half, going 22/34 for 64.7% accuracy. They also shot 4/7, 57.1% from long range.

Jason Lieser

Heat have held Beal & Wall to a total of 12p on 4/13 FGs.

Surya Fernandez

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.

Joseph Goodman

Encouraging first half for the #Heat. Haslem with nine points off the bench. Deng with nine. Shawne Williams eight points.

Joseph Goodman

HALFTIME: #Heat 55, #Wizards 54. Heat shooting 64.7 percent. Chalmers with 12 points.

Jason Lieser

HALF: Heat 55, Wizards 54.

Ira Winderman

Gritty non-Bosh effort by Heat. Heat 55, Wizards 54 at half. Chalmers with 12, Deng with nine, Haslem with nine.

Jason Lieser

Wade appears to have hurt his R knee. Stays in the game.

Joseph Goodman

Heat shooting 65.6 percent. Chalmers leads with 12 points. Heat 53, Wizards 52 2:00 2Q.

Ira Winderman

Only Heat players yet to play are Napier and Danny Granger, and Spoelstra said Granger is healthy.

Surya Fernandez

Whiteside leaves the game to applause. He didn't try to do too much, his presence in the paint helped and was effective despite the 3 fouls.

Joseph Goodman

Whiteside out with three fouls in six minutes. Heat closed the gap during those minutes, though.

Jason Lieser

Hassan Whiteside with 3 fouls in 6 minutes on the court.

Ira Winderman

Whiteside now with his third foul, so Bird back.

Joseph Goodman

Videoboard just advertised Flo-Rida at halftime of the Christmas Game. Nice move by the #Heat.

Ira Winderman

Chalmers flings it at the 24-second clock, rolls up, down, and in.

Ira Winderman

Wondering if Birdman is going to make it back.

Joseph Goodman

Some quality minutes from Hassan Whiteside here in the 2Q. And by quality I mean he's got two rebounds. Wizards 47, Heat 44.

Jason Lieser

Chris Andersen had 5p, 1r in the first 6 minutes & has been on the bench since.

Ira Winderman

Andre Miller old schools Cole for two.

Ira Winderman

Hassan Whiteside being treated like the rookie he isn't by the officials.

Tom Haberstroh

Hassan Whiteside has a standing reach of 9' 5". Now let's see if he can play NBA hoops.

Joseph Goodman

Long arms of Whiteside disruptive there in the paint and a turnover leads to points. Timeout Wizards. Wizards 39, Heat 36

Ira Winderman

So Spoelstra has now used 10 players, and Shabazz Napier is not one of them.

Surya Fernandez

And now Whiteside is making an early appearance to try to address Washington's dominance inside.

Joseph Goodman

Hassan Whiteside now in the game for Justin Hamilton and the Wizards immediately go to Nene.

Ira Winderman

Wade goes in for the transition du . . . layup.

Ira Winderman

And now Hassan Whiteside with 10:01 left in the second period. Sure, why not?

Surya Fernandez

No surprise, the Wizards are really asserting themselves in the paint and causing plenty of damage.

Jason Lieser

Wade spent part of his day hanging out with kids from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Heat showed a touching video of it after Q1.

Surya Fernandez

Deng played all 12 minutes of the first quarter. I can't recall the last time a Heat player did that.

Jason Lieser

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.

Joseph Goodman

#Wizards 29, #Heat 25 after the 1Q. Strong finish for Washington after beginning the game sluggishly. Heat shooting 52.6 percent.

Ira Winderman

Wizards 29, Heat 25 at end of first period. Could be worse, considering Wade 0 for 3 and scoreless after 42 vs. Jazz.

Jason Lieser

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.

Joseph Goodman

Haslem is still in some pain after being kicked by Nene a few minutes ago. James Ennis in for Justin Hamilton to end the quarter.

Ira Winderman

Justin Hamilton Nene . . . not a good, or safe, idea.

Surya Fernandez

With Cole and Chalmers out there, Deng shouldn't be handling the ball so much. Heat need to find him cutting to the basket more.

Ira Winderman

That's Spoelstra's first technical foul of the season. Assistant coach David Fizdale also has one this season.

Jason Lieser

Brad Beal made the shot while being fouled by Cole, then made the FT, then made the tech-FT (Spoelstra). Heat lead goes from 18-13 to 18-17.

Jason Lieser

Norris Cole called for a push. Erik Spoelstra disagrees and gets T'd up.

Ira Winderman

T on Spoelstra after official said Cole pushed driver into charge.

Joseph Goodman

Haslem in for Shawne Williams and Chalmers back for Wade. New rotations working so far for Spoelstra.