Wizards vs. Heat final score: Washington knocks off defending champions, 101-94

Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Martell Webster scored 23 points to lead the Wizards to a seven-point win over the defending NBA champion Miami Heat.

The Washington Wizards outscored the Miami Heat by 12 points in the fourth quarter en route to a 101-94 win Wednesday night in Kansas City, Mo.

Martell Webster led the Wizards with 23 points, matched only by Dwyane Wade of the Heat. Webster was one of four Wizards in double figures. Chris Singleton had 17, while A.J. Price and Jannero Pargo each had 11.

The Heat held a 14-point advantage at halftime, but Singleton scored 10 points in the third quarter and Webster had the final nine of that period to swing the momentum back to the Wizards.

From there, the Washington defense stepped up, not allowing Miami to hit a field goal in the fourth quarter until Ray Allen nailed a triple with 4:45 to go. The Heat did not have a two-point field goal in the game's final quarter.

The Wizards held an advantage on the glass, out-rebounding the Heat, 47-39. Jan Vesely accounted for 11 of those rebounds for Washington.

For Miami, Chris Bosh had 18 points to help Wade, while Allen and LeBron James each had 13.

Both teams play again on Friday when the Wizards visit the San Antonio Spurs and the Heat host the New Orleans Hornets.

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