Recap: Wizards 78, Heat 67
The Washington Wizards (4-0) remained unbeaten in Las Vegas at the Samsung NBA Summer League 2014 with a 78-67 triumph over the Miami Heat (2-3) Wednesday evening at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion. Washington, who led the entire first half, had to fend off a pesky Miami squad that owned a one-point lead — 68-67 — with as little as 2:17 remaining in regulation.
The Wizards, the fourth overall seed, advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals of the championship bracket and will face the #12 San Antonio Spurs (4-1) at 7:00 pm in the Thomas & Mack Center. The Heat, on the other hand, will square off against the Cleveland Cavaliers (3-1) in the consolation round Thursday at 7:00 pm in the Cox Pavilion.
Washington was able to open up the contest with a 10-point lead — 14-4 — through the initial 7:27 with help from Glen Rice Jr., who had seven of those points. Nine seconds later Miami’s Shabazz Napier nailed a 21-foot jumper to cut the deficit to eight. From that point forward the score remained in single digits until the Wizards got a pair of free throws from Daniel Theis to push the lead to 10 and 11 points in the affair’s final seconds.
The second half witnessed 14 lead changes and 10 tied scores with the largest lead being four points until Washington reeled off an 11-0 run to end the game in the final 1:31.
Rice Jr. and Theis racked up double-doubles in the game with the former using a combination of 22 points and 10 rebounds to the latter’s 10 and 11, respectively.
Otto Porter rounded out Washington’s trio of double-digit scorers with 14 points to go along with six boards.
Miami’s Justin Hamilton led the squad with 15 points and was one rebound shy of collecting his own double-double. James Nunnally and Napier contributed 14 points apiece.