It is always a live atmosphere when a perennial NBA contender comes into town and the two-time defending champion Miami Heat came to the Verizon Center tonight. This is one of two remaining games left for the Wizards in the regular season and wins are imperative to keep the sixth seed for the NBA playoffs.
The Heat have been slumping as of late and the team chose not to play both LeBron James and Chris Bosh for tonight’s match up. It is easy to understand what resting your best players before the playoffs can do, but a team that is slumping into the playoffs with those same starters could cause some concern in the first round.
Washington was up one after the first quarter, but the second quarter is where the Wizards blew the roof open. The score at halftime was 70-48 with the Wizards lead due to their remarkable shooting effort.
The home team was 15 of 16 from the field in the second quarter and 14 of those field goals were assisted. They shot 70% from the field with 22 of their 26 field goals assisted. Washington also was 10 of 16 from three-point range, which came out to be a 62% from deep.
The difference in the game was the second quarter and the Wizards never looked back after that. The final score came out to be a very pleasing 114-93 victory for the sold out crowd that made it out to DC.
– The point guard play was spectacular for Washington; Wall did not have to put out much of a scoring effort. Wall finished with just 4 points, but 13 assists at games end. When Wall was not on the floor, Andre Miller kept the pace going with his 9 dimes. He did his best RG3 impression with several deep passes from opposite ends of the floor, which amounted to assists.
– Trevor Ariza got into a groove from the get go and was playing unconscious from the floor. Ariza finished with 25 points, which led the team scoring and was 10-13 from the floor.
– Nene is looking like he is beginning to regain form as his rust is shaking off from that period of missed time. He added in 18 points from down low and his post-season experience will be needed to lead this young team down the road for the playoffs.
– Gortat finished with another double-double ( 10 points 13 rebounds ) and Al Harrington was great coming off the bench with 16 points. The Washington big men came to play which is necessary when playing an opponent that lacks depth down low.
Washington now looks like they are in full control of the sixth seed as they head into their last game of the season Wednesday. They are currently on a three game win streak and carrying some quality momentum into the playoffs. The Wizards are most likely to play Toronto first round that would be the best match up for them to have a chance at advancing.