Instant analysis: Heat 99, Wizards 90

Instant analysis: Heat 99, Wizards 90
March 10, 2014, 10:00 pm
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Playing well enough to beat most other teams in the NBA, the Wizards couldn't beat the Miami Heat for the second time this season on Monday night despite four players in double figures and 39 points from the bench. 

The WIzards (33-30) overcame 9-for-31 shooting in the first quarter, erased an eight-point halftime deficit and led by as many as four points in the third quarter. But it was turnovers and an inability to get stops down the stretch that allowed the Heat (44-17) to pull away in the fourth and end a three-game losing streak. 

LeBron James scored 19 of his 23 points in the first half, and Chris Bosh (23 points, 10 of 14 FGs) and Dwyane Wade (22, 8 of 16) made the difference in the second half.   

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 18 points and Marcin Gortat was the only other starter scoring in double figures with 14. Martell Webster contributed 17 off the bench and Drew Gooden 15. 

John Wall was held to seven points on 2-for-8 shooting, eight assists, six rebounds but seven turnovers. The Wizards had just seven turnovers as a team in the first half but finished with 19. 

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Turning point: Up 84-83 with 5:54 left, the Wizards allowed Wade to to convert a three-point play, had two turnovers that included a five-second call on Trevor Ariza on an inbounds play, and a three-pointer from Bosh. In just 90 seconds, they trailed 91-84 and couldn't recover. 

Key stat: The Wizards had a 50-33 edge in rebounding, including 21-9 on the offensive end. 

Personal-best: Gortat had 10 rebounds in the first quarter alone, the first Wizards play to do that since JaVale McGee four years ago. Seven of those were on the offensive end. He finished with 18 to match a career-high.

Extinguished: Ariza had been shooting 66% from three-point range, 31 of 47, in his previous seven games. He was off the mark Monday by making just 1 of 7. He stepped into a shot on a feed from Gortat late in the third quarter to give the Wizards a 68-64 lead. 

Spot duty: Rookie Otto Porter entered for three minutes in the second quarter when Ariza picked up his second foul. He defended James and hit his only shot for two points. Garrett Temple came off the bench 35 seconds to defend James to end the third and forced him into a turnover. 

From the locker room: "We had a lot of good looks early in the game that we didn't knock down. We got down 8 or 10 early in the game but we kept fighting. (Nineteen) turnovers against this team, with 22 points off our (19) and we score 12 off their 10 (turnovers). We've got to take care of the ball." -- Wizards coach Randy Wittman

"We definitely wanted them to take more jump shots than penetrate. When they're knocking those jump shots down that makes them tougher to guard. You really got to get up and go over top of screens and that's when they do a really great job of doing what they do best -- attacking the basket, finishing there and getting to the free throw line." -- Wall 

Up next: The Wizards returned to D.C., possibly be off Tuesday and play vs. the Charlotte Bobcats at Verizon Center on Wednesday (CSN, 7 p.m. ET).