Ouch, that one hurts.
After blowing out the New Orleans Pelicans just 24 hours ago, the Wizards get a taste of their own medicine tonight as they’re run off the floor by the Heat, 129-102.
The Heat scored the first basket and never relinquished the lead as they held the lead for the entire game and tied the season series with Washington at two games apiece.
James Johnson led the way for Miami with 20 points, and Wayne Ellington added 17 off of the Miami bench as eight Miami players scored in double figures tonight.
Jodie Meeks led the Wizards with 23 and Bradley Beal chipped with 14 but it didn’t matter, as Washington never had a chance in this one.
Points in the paint doom Washington
James Johnson sprinted right by Markieff Morris for an easy dunk for the first basket of the game and was a preview of what Washington’s defense would look like tonight. The Wizards were awful defensively tonight, especially in the painted area.
The Wizards gave up an unfathomable 76 points in the paint this evening in a terrible defensive effort. But it wasn’t just the big guys for Miami who were punishing the Wizards. No, the Heat guards had no resistance when penetrating the lane against a Washington team that looked stuck in the mud the entire night.
With the Washington bigs in the first half, Brooks opted to go with a small ball lineup for most of the third quarter to try and combat Miami’s speed and easy penetration into the painted area but that didn’t work either.
This is starting to become a bad habit and something to look out for as the Pelicans were able to score 60 points in the paint just the night before.
Turnovers are still a big problem
Bradley Beal, who’s been more of a facilitator since John Wall has been out, led the team with three turnovers but two of which were of the ‘turnovers to touchdowns’ variety. Beal has a tendency to make lackadaisical passes and more often than not, they lead to easy baskets on the other end like they did tonight.
Unfortunately for the Wizards, many of their turnovers are of the live-ball variety evidenced tonight as Miami scored 18 points off 15 Washington turnovers. This wasn’t the sole reason they lost (defense was), but coughing the ball up 15 times sure didn’t help.
- Just move on to the next one.
Up Next: Washington takes on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.