The Washington Wizards kept their game with the Miami Heat close through the first half, which may have come as a surprise considering they were without John Wall. By the second half, however, there was no surprise when the Heat caught fire and defeated the Wizards 105-94.
LeBron James, who has had several memorable games against the Wizards, led all scorers with 30 points along with six rebounds and five assists. Dwayne Wade scored 26 points, with 22 of them coming in the second half. Chris Bosh, the final member of "Miami Thrice," added 20 points.
The Wizards found themselves down by only eight points at halftime, but could never get close enough to threaten the Heat. The Wizards also didn't score their first field goal of the fourth quarter until about five minutes in.
Andray Blatche had a team-high 26 points for the Wizards followed by Gilbert Arenas' 23 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Nick Young scored 13 points and JaVale McGee, who played despite an injured back from being on the receiving end of a flagrant foul last week, had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Speaking of flagrant fouls, there was controversy near the end of the third quarter when Hilton Armstrong fouled Joel Anthony as he went up for a slam dunk. It looked as if Armstrong pushed Anthony, who hit the floor hard. Armstrong ran to Anthony's aid, but Juwan Howard pushed him violently. There were words exchanged, but no physical violence. The referees gave Armstrong a flagrant foul 2, which is an automatic ejection and could be a suspendible offense. Howard received a technical foul.