Markieff Morris leads the way for the Wizards with 21 points while John Wall and Bradley Beal both scored 16 but the Wizards can’t overcome their miscues as they lose to the Heat, 106-103. The Heat were led by Hassan Whiteside who scored 30 points to go along with 12 rebounds as Miami’s playoff hopes are still alive with this win.
Miami started very slow tonight but the Wizards were unable to capitalize. The Heat started the game just 1-8 from the field to go along with five turnovers early but the Wizards only led by eight, 15-7. Miami flipped the switch with a 12-4 run as they were able to claw within one, 29-28 after one quarter.
The Heat regained the lead but were never able to stretch it out to more than five. After some sloppy play from both teams, there was an odd sequence where the Wizards missed an easy opportunity in transition but then picked off Miami’s pass leading to a John Wall three in the corner. We’d be all tied up at 52 at halftime.
Kelly Oubre, who didn’t score in the first half, came alive in the third quarter where he scored 11 points as Washington mounted their comeback run. However, whenever the Wizards got the game to within one, Miami had an answer.
Morris was the best player for Washington tonight and shined in the fourth quarter. Morris scored 12 points in the period including several clutch baskets and a three-pointer to tie the game at 100.
With just 20 seconds remaining and the Heat trailing 103-102, Eric Spoelstra drew up a play for a James Johnson isolation as he finished over Morris to give the Heat a 104-103 lead.
The Wizards threw the ball away on the ensuing inbounds pass and were forced to foul.
Washington had one last chance to tie this game but Bradley Beal couldn’t shoot over the outstretched arms of Hassan Whiteside. Wizards fall, 106-103.