Wizards Report Decmber 16Posted on January 14, 2013 by DJ-WizardsRadio
By Dave Johnson
In a previous win over the Miami Heat at home, the Washington Wizards were close to perfect in so many ways. In the return meeting Saturday on the road, the Wizards did not come close to matching their previous effort against the Heat in 102-72 loss. Back on December 4rth at Verizon Center, the Wizards shot 48 percent from the field, had 31 assists and only 12 turnovers in a 105-101 win. Last night the Wizards only shot 37 percent from the field, only had 10 assists, and had 21 turnovers that led to 30 Heat points. The Wizards 72 points were also a season-low.
It was clear from the opening tip that Miami, with only two wins in its previous five games, was eager to avenge its previous loss to the Wizards. Off the opening tip LeBron James attacked the baseline and converted a layup to give the Heat their first score only seven seconds into the game.
Dwyane Wade then scored five critical points in a 19-5 run by the Heat to build a 23-7 lead. It marked the eighth time this year the Wizards were set back by a double-digit deficit in the first quarter. The Wizards only managed to shoot 6 of 21 from the field in the opening 12 minutes.
Here is today’s Wizards Report:
“One of those nights that nothing fell, and we just had no organization. We just got outplayed, outcoached, out effort, everything. We didn’t have any direction on the floor; I mean I didn’t know what we were running on the floor half the night. We had some guys that kept fighting but we had no direction out there tonight.”
The Wizards showed some life in the second quarter when they cut the Heat lead to six at 28-22. The Heat was able to reclaim some breathing room with a 50-36 halftime lead. To have a chance the Wizards needed to avoid what they did on Friday against the Lakers when they only scored 14 points in the third quarter.
Instead the Wizards had their lowest scoring third quarter of the season with only 10 points. The Wizards only made four field goals in the third, but had ten of their turnovers. The Heat scored 14 of their 29 points in the third quarter off those turnovers.
“We were all over the place. Our heads were spinning. We were short on the bench, but we can’t use that as an excuse. We just have to keep playing through things. We weren’t making shots or plays on both ends of the floor. That led us away from what we wanted to do.”
Bradley Beal missed his first seven shots, but ended leading the Wizards in scoring with 19 points. Cartier Martin continued to show signs of finding his shooting stroke and had 18 points. It was an off night for Jordan Crawford, who was only 2 of 12 shooting from the field, and Nene did not play because of soreness in his left foot.
All twelve of the Heat’s active players scored with LeBron James leading the way with 23 points and 10 rebounds. James has now scored at least 20 points in each of the Heat’s 21 games this season. The streak is James longest to start a season and the longest since Allen Iverson scored at least 20 points in 21 consecutive to start Philadelphia’s 2005/2006 season.
To conclude their Family-to-Family program, Wizards players, their wives, the Wizard Girls, G-Wiz, Mystics G Matee Ajavon, & the MSE family rode around on the Family-to-Family Bus on Monday afternoon to deliver presents to families around D.C.