Instant analysis: Heat 103, Wizards 98

Instant analysis: Heat 103, Wizards 98
April 10, 2013, 7:15 pm
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Game in a nutshell: The Heat (62-16) didn't have LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh or Udonis Haslem, but they still clinched the No. 1 overall seed for the playoffs and set a franchise record for wins in the regular season. Former Wizards, SG Mike Miller and SF Rashard Lewis, scored the first eight points to lead the Heat to 56.3% shooting in the first quarter. They led 25-23, but the Wizards (29-50) stayed close because they were able to force nine turnovers. PGs Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole had three each. The Heat's shooting accuracy slipped. They made just 7 of 23 shots in the second quarter. Wizards PG John Wall and SF Martell Webster combined to score 17 points. Leading 50-46 at halftime, the Wizards opened the lead to 61-53 to start the third. Consecutive three-pointers by Chalmers cut the deficit quickly. With Wall on the bench in the fourth, Miami made its move. Lewis' three-pointer capped a 10-0 run for an 83-74 lead. SG Ray Allen and Lewis made a three-pointer each to hold off the late charge and secure the victory. Allen finished with 23 points on 8-for-18 shooting. Washington was led by backup PG A.J. Price, who had 23 points on 8-for-12 shooting. Wall fell shy of a triple-double with 17 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds. 

Giveaways: It wasn't an attractive game as both sides had trouble keeping possession. There were a combined 23 in the first half, with the Wizards accounting for 13 of those. Washington did a better job protecting the ball in the second half, losing the ball three times for a total of 16. Miami had 22.

Reigning 3s: The Heat made 17 of 41 three-pointers, or 41.5%. Coach Randy Wittman won't be happy because the Wizards allowed a franchise-record 20 in a 21-point loss to the New York Knicks on Tuesday. 

Sore spots: SF Trevor Ariza didn't play for the second game in a row because of recurring soreness in his left knee. PF Trevor Booker (tailbone bruise), who played six minutes vs. the Knicks, and wasn't productive the night before, didn't play, either. Webster played 26 minutes and finished with 12 points and grabbed four steals, but he left in the third quarter after re-injuring his abdominal strain. 

Who’s next: Friday vs. Philadelphia 76ers (CSN, 7 p.m. ET). The 76ers (31-47) lost to the Atlanta Hawks 124-101 on Wednesday night. PF Thaddeus Young led them with 28 points.