The Washington Wizards kept it competitive for three-plus quarters against the Miami Heat on Friday, but Erik Spoelstra's squad eventually pulled away in a big fourth quarter for a comfortable 106-89 win. Dwyane Wade led all scorers with 26 points, including 18 in the first half. Chris Bosh finished with 24 and LeBron James added 18. Miami has now beaten the Wizards seven straight times at the Verizon Center.
Javale McGee had one of his best games of the season, battling through the Miami front line for a season-high 24 points. McGee also had 13 boards and a couple of big dunks. Nick Young led Washington from the backcourt, chipping in 22 points. However, Young hit only three of ten attempts from behind the arc as the Wizards shot under 20 percent from downtown. John Wall had a double-double, scoring 15 points and dishing 10 assists, but also committing 7 turnovers.
The poor shooting from outside and at the free-throw line caught up to the Wizards and the Heat pulled away for the 17-point win. The Wizards now hit the road and will face the Detroit Pistons on Sunday evening.
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