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.

Ira Winderman

And, as forecast, Chalmers for Wade.

Ira Winderman

So thought is have a shooter in power rotation Birdman/Shawne then Hamilton/Haslem.

Jason Lieser

Shawne Williams off to a nice start with 2/3 threes. Heat up 18-13 on Washington late Q1.

Jason Lieser

Norris Cole tried to outrun John Wall 1-on-1 on a fastbreak. No chance of that.

Surya Fernandez

10 of the Wizards first 13 points have come in the paint. They also have 5 second chance points.

Ira Winderman

So now Hamilton in for Birdman, not Haslem.

Ira Winderman

Two early fouls on Gortat should allow Birdman to catch his breath.

Jason Lieser

Heat 13, Wizards 11, 6:25 left in Q1. Chris Andersen leads Miami with 5p. Wade has 2a. Miami holding Washington to 39% FGs.

Surya Fernandez

Birdman gets his second dunk of the night. He's been looking healthier and spry as of late.

Ira Winderman

That's two oops to Birdman. He truly is giving all he has.

Joseph Goodman

Chalmers out for Cole early. Presumably Chalmers will return to spell Wade at the end of the quarter.

Surya Fernandez

Chalmers aggressive from the start with five quick points, one rebound and two assists in four minutes. Now it's Cole's turn.

Ira Winderman

Now Cole for Chalmers. Which means that Chalmers will return when Wade goes out.

Ira Winderman

Birdman huffing and puffing. Clearly has to be used in limited shifts.

Joseph Goodman

Chalmers in the starting lineup takes some pressure off Wade. Smart move by Spoelstra, who is shuffling lineups with McBob now gone.

Jason Lieser

Chris Andersen and Marcin Gortat are guarding each other, appropriately.

Ira Winderman

First time Birdman has had less Mohawk than the opposing center.

Joseph Goodman

Kill the program. RT @ByCasagrande There was an Alabama student sitting in the baseline section. He left. Back to zero. #FreeUAB

Joseph Goodman

This is the 12th different starting lineup for the #Heat this season.

Joseph Goodman

More musical chairs for the #Heat tonight. Chalmers back in the starting lineup along with Deng, Williams, Birdman, and Wade. @Sportsmanias

Surya Fernandez

#Wizards starters: John Wall, Bradley Beal, Paul Pierce, Kris Humphries, Marcin Gortat.

Surya Fernandez

#Heat starters: Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Shawne Williams and Chris Andersen. Norris Cole returns to the bench.

Ira Winderman

This is the first time Birdman has started multiple games in the same season since 2005-06 with the Hornets (almost a decade).

Ira Winderman

Heat clearly searching in power rotation in void of Bosh. Have used just about every permutation among Hamilton, Haslem, Andersen, Williams.

Ira Winderman

For starters: A look at lineups, inactives, referees and pregame note of note for Heat-Wizards bit.ly/1r9pMCv 7:30 p.m. (Sun Sports)

Barry Jackson

Is Norris Cole starting experiment over? Heat says Chalmers will start at PG tonight, not Cole, who has 4th worst shooting % of starting PGs

Jason Lieser

#Heat will start Mario Chalmers, Wade, Luol Deng, Shawne Williams & Chris Andersen tonight vs Wash. Lineup No. 12.

Ira Winderman

So endeth the Cole starting stint?

Ira Winderman

And this time the Heat open with Shawne Williams and Chris Andersen, alongside Wade, Deng and . . . Chalmers. Yes, Rio starting.

Joseph Goodman

#Wizards are the hottest team in the East and the #Heat is coming off a loss to the Jazz despite 42 from Wade. Bosh still out. Wizards by 6.