Johnson: Too much Heat for Wizards

Johnson: Too much Heat for Wizards
March 31, 2011, 2:00 am
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011 9:52 p.m.WIZARDS PAGE WIZARDS VIDEO
By Dave Johnson
CSNwashington.comWashington -- The Washington Wizards continued to be short on players, but long on effort and intensity. Despite losing John Wall to an ejection in the second quarter, the Wizards upset bid remained alive until late in the fourth quarter when the Miami Heat pulled away for a 123-107 victory.Walls night came to an end just a little over three minutes into the second quarter when he got into a scuffle with the Heats Zydrunas Ilgauskas Both were tossed from the game with flagrant fouls. Wall retaliated with forearm shots to Ilgauskas body, after Ilgauskas had twice elbowed Wall in the head while trying to create space with the ball.It was an incident where I got hit with an elbow and I just reacted to it, said Wall. Im sorry I let my teammates down and the Wizards organization for not being out there. Im glad to see that my team fought hard and competed for the rest of the game. The Heat closed the game on a 15-5 run over the final 3:12 and were helped by back to-back three pointers from Eddie House and James Jones that extended the Heats lead to 116-104 with 1:21 remaining in the game.While House and Jones helped finish off the Wizards, it was the Heats big three that were the story with a combined 94 points. LeBron James led the way 35 points, Dwyane Wade added 33 points, and Chris Bosh recovered from an off-night in Cleveland to score 26 points.The game-high numbers belonged to the Wizards Jordan Crawford who finished with a career- high 39 points. With Wall in the locker room, Crawford ran the show and did not disappoint. Crawford had 26 points over the final two quarters to keep the Wizards within striking distance.Crawford owned the crowd of 18,916 when he hit a 15-foot jump shot to bring the Wizards to within two points at 94-92 with 7:30 left in the game. Crawford hit the pull-up jumper after a Kevin Seraphin blocked shot had triggered a fast break.We competed. You could see that they were a team that made big shots and made big plays, said Wizards head coach Flip Saunders. We had Jordan Crawford playing the one which he hasnt played much, or just sparingly. We didnt back down at all. We competed and I think our team grew up a lot.Maurice Evans started for a second consecutive game and scored 21 points. Evans was needed with Trevor Booker now out six weeks with a foot injury and Andray Blatche just back from shoulder injury. Off the bench Blatche had 14 points and 8 rebounds.Taking full advantage of his increased playing time, Othyus Jeffers added 15 points and 8 rebounds. Jeffers, on his second ten-day contract, was active in grabbing loose ball and long rebounds. In addition Jeffers was pressed into trying to guard James.Along with Bookers absence, the Wizards continued to play without Nick Young, Rashard Lewis and Josh Howard because of injuries.Were showing that were more resilient now then when we started the year, Evans added. We have been playing shorthanded now for awhile and tonight John got thrown out. Everyone had to step up and Jordan did a great job taking over, scoring wise thats what he does and I was impressed by everyones fight tonight.