The Wizards’ chances of winning their 10th win in a row at Verizon Center just rose exponentially.
That’s because the Miami Heat won’t have Chris Bosh (cold), who didn't make the trip, LeBron James (right hamstring), Dwyane Wade (right ankle) and Udonis Haslem.
That’ll mean more playing time for former Wizards forward Rashard Lewis, who will start, and Juwan Howard and Chris Anderson off the bench.
Lewis played in 28 games in Washington last season. He played 32 games in 2010-11. Mike Miller, who spent the 2009-10 season here, is starting at shooting guard.
With the best record in the NBA (61-16), the Heat are one victory away from clinching home-court throughout the playoffs and setting a franchise record for wins. They won 61 games in 1996-97, when they lost in the Eastern Conference finals to eventual NBA champion Chicago Bulls.
James seemed fine Tuesday, scoring a team-high 28 points in a 94-83 win vs. the Milwaukee Bucks. Haslem had 10 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
The Wizards were blown out at the New York Knicks 120-99.
Wade hasn't played since March 29 and Bosh has been out since April 5. James had played in 74 of 77 games entering Wednesday.
The Wizards last lost at home March 1, falling 96-88 vs. the Knicks.