The Miami Heat returned to its championship form in a 103-93 victory over the Washington Wizards Sunday evening. The Heat got great performances from their big three: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all tallied at least 20 points. But the story of the night wasn’t any individual player, it was all about ball movement on offense and recovery on defense.
The Heat looked great for most of the night, making the extra pass for open shot after shot. They finished with 32 assists on 37 field goals, a remarkable percentage. Defensively, led by a lively Wade and the quick hands of Mario Chalmers, the Heat were able to build a big lead and survive another fourth quarter let down.
When asked what the key component to getting off to a better start tonight was, James responded in the post game interview.
“Just being aggressive. Not waiting for the game to come to us, actually taking to the game and we did that.”
Defensively, James was instrumental in holding Trevor Ariza down early in the contest. Ariza did not connect on his first field goal until late in the third quarter. The Wizards didn’t play poorly and looked like an up-and-coming team. They were led by Bradley Beal who posted 19 points, and newly acquired center Marcin Gortat who had 15 points and 11 boards.
- Greg Oden was inactive for the fourth consecutive game
- The Wizards Nene was held out with a leg injury
- The Heat connected on 11 three-pointers, but none from all time leader Ray Allen
- Shane Battier has missed 13 consecutive three pointers, having missed all of his attempts in the last three games
- Next up for the Heat are the Toronto Raptors, Tuesday at the Air Canada Center