Feb 11, 2011; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh (left), small forward LeBron James (center), and shooting guard Dwyane Wade (right) sit on the bench in the fourth quarter of an NBA game against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace. Miami defeated Detroit 106-92. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Wizards Beat Heat Without Big 3


April 21, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the first half against the Washington Wizards at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

John Wall and the Wizards came to town and stole an 86-84 victory. Wall put on quite a performance: 13 points, 13 assists, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals. Nene scored the game-winning layup with half a second left on the clock.

Injury Concern

LeBron James and Chris Bosh got the night off, while Dwyane Wade started without finishing the game. Wade dislocated his left index finger on his non-shooting hand, when it got caught in a jersey. He played 3 minutes before departing, and Washington took advantage with a win in Miami.

Mario Chalmers and Mike Miller teamed up for 32 points, 14 rebounds, and 8 assists. The Heat had the edge on the boards, but they turned the ball over 21 times and picked up 2 technical fouls (Udonis Haslem and Dexter Pittman).

For the Wizards, Kevin Seraphin hit 17 while Nene and Cartier Martin provided a 33-point contribution off the bench.

The Wizards have played well this week and won 3 straight, all against Easter Conference playoff caliber teams in a spoiler role: Milwaukee (was battling for the 8th seed), Chicago and Miami (positioning for the top seed).

Chicago held home court against the reigning champion Mavericks tonight, winning 93-83. Derrick Rose returned and the victory appears to have locked up the #1 seed, while the Heat are destined for the second seed (like last postseason). So, when Miami plays at Washington in the season finale, that game probably won’t mean anything and the starters will get to rest.

In the meantime, the Heat will host Houston tomorrow and fly to Boston on Tuesday.

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