All five starters scored in double figures but it wasn’t enough as the Wizards fall to the Heat 110-105. Both Marcin Gortat and Kris Humphries logged double-doubles for the Wizards but it was Gerald Green who stole the show for Miami scoring 28 points in just 25 minutes of play for the Heat.
The Wizards raced out to a 20-6 lead thanks to some hot shooting from Kris Humphries. Humphries scored 10 of Washington’s first 20 points including back-to-back three pointers in as many possessions to stretch the lead out to 14 early. Miami had an answer. And that answer was Gerald Green. Green was able to slow down any momentum the Wizards had with some hot shooting of his own. Neither Gary Neal nor Kelly Oubre Jr. were able to stay in front of the sharp shooter.
Towards the end of the first quarter, Drew Gooden must have thought he was a rim protector but ended up on the wrong side of a poster as Tyler Johnson cut to the hole and did this to the veteran:
Regardless, the Wizards held a 29-17 lead after one.
Just like in the first quarter, Green continued to stay hot knocking down his first jumper of the second period right over Kelly Oubre. The Wizards were able to stop the bleeding thanks to back-to-back buckets from Gortat. The Wizards went on a bit of a cold streak from three point range as they hit their first two of three from deep to start but ended the half 3-11 from long range. As a result, the Heat were able to claw back into this one and led 53-52 at halftime.
The lead seesawed back and forth between the teams to start the second half. Whenever the Wizards went on a mini-run, the Heat countered; and vice versa. The Wizards were able to pull away late in the third on some nice put backs from Gortat to put the Wizards up 81-68 going into the fourth quarter.
It would be up to the reserves to bring this one home.
Once again, the lead seesawed back and forth to start this quarter as well. Mario Chalmers took the ball the length of the court for an easy layup but it was Garrett Temple who answered with a three-pointer of his own on the other end. Gerald Green got loose again and knocked down back-to-back three pointers in as many possessions to give the Heat a 96-95 lead with just five minutes to play.
The Wizards got a bit lackadaisical towards the end of this one as the Heat were the first to gather up all of the loose balls. Even with the semi-uninterested play down the stretch, Ramon Sessions streaked through the lane to hit a floater in the lane as the Wizards regained the lead 105-104 with just 40 seconds to play.
Dwayne Wade had an answer with a floater of his own over Jared Dudley and he got fouled. Kelly Oubre Jr. would miss a desperation three pointer but that would be that as the Wizards drop their preseason finale 110-105. Up next, the regular season opener against the Magic.