Wizards-Heat instant analysis

Wizards-Heat instant analysis
February 11, 2012, 2:27 am
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A recap of the Washington Wizards 106-89 loss to the Miami Heat:
Why the Heat won:

Miami won this game on a night where neither Dwayne Wade, LeBron James nor Chris Bosh dominated. The Wizards played the Heat tough for most of the first half but the final 3:30 of that opening half belonged to Miami. Every time the Wizards made a run Miami would turn it on to fend them off. Washington has now lost six straight to the Heat.

Key Moment:

Down 40-38 in the second quarter Nick Young had a chance to give the Wizards a lead but he missed a wide open three-pointer. That miss led to a Dwayne Wade to LeBron James alley-oop. On the next time down the floor Jordan Crawford missed two free throws. On the following possession Trevor Booker missed a dunk, which lead to an even better alley-oop between Wade and James. Miami used the Wizards miscues to go on a 10-0 run. The Wizards cut the lead down to as little as one on two occasions but were never able to regain the lead.
The Good:

Coming into tonights game JaVale McGee had struggled in his last five outings. Although he still maintains the league lead in blocks his points and rebounds were down to 6.8 and 6.6 respectively over that five-game span. Miami doesnt have a real low post threat and McGee took advantage scoring 24 points while grabbing 13 rebounds.

The Bad:

This was a game in which the Wizards didnt really play bad. They simply lost to a much better basketball team. The game felt a lot closer than the final score would indicate.
Whats next?

On Sunday the Wizards will open up their five game road trip against the Detroit Pistons. That will be the first of five games in seven nights.