John Wall led the way with 18 points, 13 assists, and 5 rebounds as the Wizards get revenge for their opening night loss and cruise past the Heat 107-86. Bradley Beal got in early foul trouble but that just gave Rasuel Butler an opportunity to step up and boy did he. Butler was the leading scorer in the game with 23 points on 8-14 shooting and 3-5 from long range. It’s safe to say that no one foresaw Butler having a big impact on this team before the season started being that he was the last man to make the roster.
The rest of the #Benchmob came in and contributed nicely in the second quarter as the Wizards ballooned their lead to 15 on a corner three by Drew Gooden III. The Wizards started out 7-7 from three point range and shot a blistering 63% from the field and entered halftime with a comfortable 64-49 lead.
The Wiz came out hot in the third quarter just like they left off using a 8-0 to stretch the lead to 21 early into the 3rd. John Wall continued to push the pace as the team had 16 fast break points, their highest total in the last three games combined. As expected, the Heat had a a 8-0 run of their own to leave a little bit of doubt in the Wizards minds. That was quickly erased as John Wall and Kris Humphries had nice passes on back to back possessions feeding Gortat for two easy layups.
With the lead at 17, Randy Wittman left the #Benchmob in for the entire 4th quarter. The bench had a season high 54 points as the Wizards closed out the Heat and improved to 11-5 on the season.
Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade were hot early scoring 41 of the Heat’s 86 points overall but were kept quiet in the second half. Wade was able to get to the line with his signature lean in jump shot. Both times, Wizards defenders were called for fouls even though Wade initiated the contact. If you look at Bosh’s final stat line of 21 points and 8 rebounds, you would think he had a solid game but was actually a non-factor for most of the night. Kris Humphries was having trouble staying in front of Bosh in the first quarter so the Wizards tried switching Marcin Gortat onto him. Gorat did a better job but it was really Bosh not being as aggressive which slowed his production.
Miami came into the game as the #1 three point shooting team in the NBA but were held to 9% on 2-22 shooting from long range. It can also be noted that John Wall had more assists (13) than the entire Miami team (12). Very nice victory plus the home team got to rest the starters. Wiz welcome Kobe and the Lakers to town on Wednesday.