The Washington Wizards gave the Miami Heat everything they wanted last night in the Verizon Center.
The Wizards came away with the victory: too bad it’s only preseason.
Washington played very well and they have a good team. They actually have a shot at making the playoffs this year with the talent they have on their roster. The Wizards won 100-82, handing the Miami Heat their first loss of the preseason.
Bradley Beal led the Wizards to victory with 29 points, two rebounds, and two assists. John Wall and Trevor Ariza had 13 points to help the Wizards beat the defending champs. It looked as if the Wizards really wanted to win this game compared to Miami, who was just going with the flow. I say this due to Beal and Wall playing the majority of the game compared to the Heat not playing their stars as much.
The Heat lost, but they still had the swagger they’ve had all preseason. LeBron James was 5 for 9 from the field, scoring 10 points. James also added four assists, and four rebounds. LeBron had two huge dunks in the second quarter as he caught an alley-oop from Chris Bosh, then a reverse slam that got the crowd all kinds of hyped.
LeBron showed some emotion after his dunks by doing his signature intimidating scream. Chris Bosh played solid while grabbing eight rebounds and scoring 13 points. Dwyane Wade decided to play and he scored 14 points. Wade still looks like he’s getting back into his groove. Shane Battier was 5 for 5 and scored 14 points. Roger Mason Jr. added 13 points and seven rebounds to round out the top scorers for the Heat.
The Heat were leading after the first quarter 27-23. The Wizards went on a run during the second quarter to take the lead, and then LeBron charged the Heat back to lead by six points. Beal responded, and then the Wizards were up 51-49 at halftime.
The Wizards came out strong in the third quarter and extended their lead to 83-65 and finished up with 100 points to the Heat’s 82.
It’s only preseason so the Heat probably isn’t worried about this loss but I do believe the Wizards will be a better team this year. Beal proved that he will be a top scorer along with Wall. Ariza has championship experience, being a part of the Los Angeles Lakers 2009 Championship team. I don’t think they’ll contend with Heat for the Eastern Conference Finals but they could possibly make it past the first round if they can stay healthy and of course win games.
The positives the Heat can take away from this loss are; Wade played and put up good numbers, Chris Bosh played well and grabbed some rebounds that were needed, and LeBron dominated whenever he wanted which of course will be needed all season. The Heat will be back in action tomorrow night against the Brooklyn Nets. The game will be aired on TNT at 8:00 p.m. eastern time.