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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'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.
Marcin Gortat and Rasual Butler fighting each other hard for that last rebound. Neither would let go.
Bird tweaked his right ankle.... Had it retaped ... Will return
Heat say Chris Andersen "tweaked" his R ankle and will return.
Heat say Birdman had right ankle re-taped and is able to return.
Four fouls on Whiteside. Kid's got a bunch of energy. Perhaps a bit too much.
Chris Andersen is back in the bench area. Appeared to be limping.
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
Birdman back on the bench during the timeout.
Hassan Whiteside's length making a difference.
Birdman, meanwhile, to the locker room, has been getting banged around all night.
Birdman goes straight to the locker room while Whiteside gets his first field goal of the night.
Figure on more Whiteside and less Hamilton going forward.
Chris Andersen to the locker room. Limping as he jogged off the floor.
Chris Andersen is hurt. Looked like ankle or knee. He goes to the locker room.
Birdman limps off and is headed straight to the locker room. Not good.
Birdman continues to be hobbled and asks to be taken out. Whiteside coming in.
Now Whiteside first big off bench, ahead of Haslem and Hamilton.
No. 18 UM stunningly drubbed by visiting Eastern Kentucky, 72-44, to drop to 9-2.
The Heat shot 12 of 15 in the second period, with the only three misses coming from Wade.
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.
Heat have held Beal & Wall to a total of 12p on 4/13 FGs.
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.
Wade appears to have hurt his R knee. Stays in the game.
Heat shooting 65.6 percent. Chalmers leads with 12 points. Heat 53, Wizards 52 2:00 2Q.
Only Heat players yet to play are Napier and Danny Granger, and Spoelstra said Granger is healthy.
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.
Whiteside out with three fouls in six minutes. Heat closed the gap during those minutes, though.
Hassan Whiteside with 3 fouls in 6 minutes on the court.
Whiteside now with his third foul, so Bird back.
Chalmers flings it at the 24-second clock, rolls up, down, and in.
Wondering if Birdman is going to make it back.
Some quality minutes from Hassan Whiteside here in the 2Q. And by quality I mean he's got two rebounds. Wizards 47, Heat 44.
Chris Andersen had 5p, 1r in the first 6 minutes & has been on the bench since.
Andre Miller old schools Cole for two.
Hassan Whiteside being treated like the rookie he isn't by the officials.
Hassan Whiteside has a standing reach of 9' 5". Now let's see if he can play NBA hoops.
Long arms of Whiteside disruptive there in the paint and a turnover leads to points. Timeout Wizards. Wizards 39, Heat 36
So Spoelstra has now used 10 players, and Shabazz Napier is not one of them.
And now Whiteside is making an early appearance to try to address Washington's dominance inside.
Hassan Whiteside now in the game for Justin Hamilton and the Wizards immediately go to Nene.
Wade goes in for the transition du . . . layup.
And now Hassan Whiteside with 10:01 left in the second period. Sure, why not?
No surprise, the Wizards are really asserting themselves in the paint and causing plenty of damage.
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.
Deng played all 12 minutes of the first quarter. I can't recall the last time a Heat player did that.
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.
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.
Justin Hamilton Nene . . . not a good, or safe, idea.
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.
That's Spoelstra's first technical foul of the season. Assistant coach David Fizdale also has one this season.
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.
Norris Cole called for a push. Erik Spoelstra disagrees and gets T'd up.
T on Spoelstra after official said Cole pushed driver into charge.
Haslem in for Shawne Williams and Chalmers back for Wade. New rotations working so far for Spoelstra.
And, as forecast, Chalmers for Wade.
So thought is have a shooter in power rotation Birdman/Shawne then Hamilton/Haslem.
Shawne Williams off to a nice start with 2/3 threes. Heat up 18-13 on Washington late Q1.
And now Haslem.
Norris Cole tried to outrun John Wall 1-on-1 on a fastbreak. No chance of that.
10 of the Wizards first 13 points have come in the paint. They also have 5 second chance points.
So now Hamilton in for Birdman, not Haslem.
Two early fouls on Gortat should allow Birdman to catch his breath.
Heat 13, Wizards 11, 6:25 left in Q1. Chris Andersen leads Miami with 5p. Wade has 2a. Miami holding Washington to 39% FGs.
Birdman gets his second dunk of the night. He's been looking healthier and spry as of late.
That's two oops to Birdman. He truly is giving all he has.
Chalmers out for Cole early. Presumably Chalmers will return to spell Wade at the end of the quarter.
Chalmers aggressive from the start with five quick points, one rebound and two assists in four minutes. Now it's Cole's turn.
Now Cole for Chalmers. Which means that Chalmers will return when Wade goes out.
Birdman huffing and puffing. Clearly has to be used in limited shifts.
Chalmers in the starting lineup takes some pressure off Wade. Smart move by Spoelstra, who is shuffling lineups with McBob now gone.
Chris Andersen and Marcin Gortat are guarding each other, appropriately.
First time Birdman has had less Mohawk than the opposing center.
This is the first time Birdman has started multiple games in the same season since 2005-06 with the Hornets (almost a decade).
Heat clearly searching in power rotation in void of Bosh. Have used just about every permutation among Hamilton, Haslem, Andersen, Williams.
Is Norris Cole starting experiment over? Heat says Chalmers will start at PG tonight, not Cole, who has 4th worst shooting % of starting PGs
So endeth the Cole starting stint?
And this time the Heat open with Shawne Williams and Chris Andersen, alongside Wade, Deng and . . . Chalmers. Yes, Rio starting.