Wall speaks on Wizards' inconsistent offense
MIAMI -- The Heat left the window open for the Wizards to sneak through and steal their first victory of the season on Sunday, but they self-sabotaged during key stretches to lose their third consecutive game.
LeBron James blitzed his way to a 14-point first quarter and made all three of his three-point shots. The Heat (2-2) made 13 of 20 shots, or 65%, and had 11 assists but the Wizards only trailed 33-27.
Although the Wizards were able to equal the Heat by shooting 50% in the second quarter, they had eight turnovers. The Heat only had two and outscored them by seven points to stretch the lead to 61-48 at the half.
The Wizards were able to get the deficit down to 91-80 after consecutive three-pointers from the corner by Trevor Ariza, but Chris Bosh's consecutive mid-range jumpers diffused that momentum. They surged back again to trim it to 100-93 with less than a minute left but it was too late.
The Heat's Big 3 of James, Bosh and Dwyane Wade combined for 69 points on 25-for-41-shooting, 60.9%.
Turning point: After a pair of free throws from Martell Webster cut the deficit with 37-34, Wade and Ray Allen were able to get easy buckets inside the paint and a bad pass from Trevor Booker led to a transition three-pointer for Norris Cole that extended the Heat's advantage to 10 -- with James on the bench.
Best in show: James was unstoppable. He hit his first three three-point shots and led all scorers with 25 points on 9-for-13 shooting. Bradley Beal had his best game with a team-high 19 points, making 4 of 8 three-pointers. Marcin Gortat had a game-high 11 rebounds to go with his 15 points on 7-for-14 shooting.
Worst in show: Al Harrington and Trevor Ariza combined to shoot 0-for-14 through three quarters. Harrington dove out of bounds to save a loose ball and threw it to the top of the key where Wall and Webster were alone. Both players hesitated, thinking the other was going to get it, and the hustle play was erased by a backcourt violation. Ariza rebounded in the fourth quarter with a trio of three-pointers to finish with 13 points on 4-for-16 shooting. Harrington was 0-for-6 and failed to score.
Early entry: Because of foul trouble to Ariza, who only played six minutes and didn't score in the first half, Webster logged 19 minutes to get out to his best start in three games. Webster had 13 points to lead all bench scorers.
Key stat: The Heat shot 57.5% in the first half and had 19 assists on 23 field goals.
Fingered: Booker injured the index finger on his left (shooting) hand and didn't return to the game. Booker finished with eight points on 4-for-6 shooting and six rebounds.
DNP: Jan Vesely and Glen Rice didn't touch the court for the third game in a row. Nene missed his second game in a row with a left calf strain.
From the locker room: "We got to learn from this. This was a game they came out and hit us in the first quarter, 80%, or what was it, that they came out shooting. We took the punch. We kept fighting the whole game through. This is how we got to play, learning moving forward. Nobody wants to lose. I thought we took a good step in the right direction. We got to clean some things up, no question, from a defensive standpoint as well as taking care of the ball. We've always talked about that with this team. They're one of the best at turning turnovers into baskets." -- Wittman
"We just started making shots. In the first half we did a good job. They're a great team at rotating, making you put the ball on the floor. Did a good job moving the ball out their double-teams. Just not making enough shots then late in the second half we started making a couple shots, found a rhythm." -- Wall
"We guarded them well. We played with a lot of energy. We'll never give up. For some reason, we play harder when we're down. ... Their last two losses, they were up double digits and they let teams come back and beat them. That kind of shows that they can get complacent and we took advantage of that. We kept pushing. We got stops and we were scoring. The biggest thing we can't do is getting down such a big deficit and it ended up burning us out. We hate to lose but we felt that we did a lot of good things out there. We have more than enough time." -- Beal
"The ball was popping and it was moving. That is the way that we play as a unit and that is the way that keeps everyone involved on both ends of the floor." -- Wade
"I don't want to ever take it for granted his greatness. I don't want to get to a point where that's normal because he is not a normal player. He came out tonight and set the tone with his aggressiveness." -- Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on James
Up next: The Wizards likely will be off Monday, and practice Tuesday and Wednesday at Verizon Center before going to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night (CSN, 7 p.m. ET).