Wizards thrash depleted Heat in home finale

Wizards thrash depleted Heat in home finale
April 14, 2014, 9:15 pm
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The way the Wizards were in sync Monday, it may not have mattered had LeBron James and Chris Bosh played for the Miami Heat. They blew out the two-time defending champions, who chose to rest those starters and only allowed Dwyane Wade to play 19 minutes, 114-93 at Verizon Center in spectacular fashion in front of 20,356 for their fourth sellout of the season. 

The Wizards (43-38) placed five in double figures led by Trevor Ariza (25 points) Nene (18), Al Harrington (16), Bradley Beal (15) and Marcin Gortat (10) and are one game away from securing no worse than the No. 6 seed for the playoffs. The No. 7 Charlotte Bobcats (42-39) won at the buzzer vs. the Atlanta Hawks to keep the pressure on. A win by the Wizards or a loss by the Bobcats on Wednesday clinches the spot. The Wizards have an outside shot at the No. 5 seed if they win the regular-season finale and the Brooklyn Nets lose their last two games. 

In Miami's last trip here, they had James, Bosh and Wade and fell down 43-18 after the first quarter and eventually lost 114-97. This time, the Wizards cored 43 points in the second quarter to equal that season-high.

In just his second game back from a left hamstring injury, Wade finished with nine points and four turnovers. The Heat (54-27) were led by Michael Beasley with 18 points and 14 from Toney Douglas. 

The season series with Miami ended tied at 2, with both teams holding serve at home. 

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Turning point: With the score tied at 31 early in the second quarter, the Wizards went on a 30-8 run. They made 15 of 16 shots overall with all but one being assisted for 93.8% shooting. 

Key stats: The Wizards had a season-high 36 assists on 46 made shots. ... They were 14 of 28 on threes for 50%. 

Helping hand: John Wall didn't convert his first field goal until 6:17 was left in the third quarter but he'd already tallied 11 assists. It came on a floater in the lane, a shot he has worked all season to perfect with little success. Wall didn't play in the fourth and finished with four points on 2-for-7 shooting and a game-high 13 assists. 

Wise guys: Harrington has been working his way back from right knee surgery in December and appears to be in full form. His three-point stroke, which had evaded him since returning after the All-Star break and missing 47 games, is there. He shot 4-for-6 from three-point range Monday. He's 6-for-12 in his last two games. Andre Miller didn't score in 22 minutes but had nine assists. 

From the locker room: "We've seen enough of these games where they haven't played some of their guys and we lost. So anytime you can get out and play I thought the way we did from an offensive standpoint can't hurt you. I thought Andre and John, the two of them controlled this game from an offensive standpoint about as well as you could when they have 22 assists between them. ... When we move the ball like that which you have to do against teams like Miami and then make shots it just kind of filtered down to everybody." -- Wizards coach Randy Wittman

"It was the kind of game where I didn't really have to score as much, and if I did I had the opportunity to do that. It was great to get those guys going because some of those guys have been in a slump lately." -- Wall 

"We played against a totally different Miami Heat than usual. Nothing to be excited about. Everybody played well today. Everybody contributed. ... It was more like a scrimmage game." -- Gortat

"I don't think about who plays, who sits down in Miami. I just want to try to play myself, help the team and be in the best position in the playoffs. That's the way we need to think. We don't need to think about what's going on outside our control." -- Nene

"I am not going to make a big reaction from this game. While you never want to build a bad habit, (but) this is not what we are judging on. We will just prepare and that will be our focus. ... We will be sharp. They will be ready. I know neither one of them asked for the time, but this last stretch that we have had, 27 games in 47 days, that is remarkable. That is not an excuse. That is just a lot of mileage." -- Heat coach Erik Spoelsta on resting James and Bosh

Up next: The Wizards will be off Tuesday and leave for Boston where they'll face the Celtics on Wednesday in the regular-season finale (CSN, 8 p.m. ET). 

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