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Heat Under Spell; Fall To Wizards, 114-97

Jan 15, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Ray Allen (34) fouls Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (3) while dribbling the ball in the second quarter at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 15, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Ray Allen (34) fouls Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (3) while dribbling the ball in the second quarter at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

In a game that is just as unexplainable as it sounds, the Wizards dominated the Heat, winning 114-97 and dropping the Heat’s record to 27-11.

For the Heat, Chris Bosh scored a team-high 26 points, in addition to seven rebounds. LeBron James added 25 points, to go along with eight rebounds and seven assists. Norris Cole contributed 15 points and seven assists.

For the Wizards, John Wall scored 25 points and dished nine assists. Bradley Beal and Nene each scored 19 points. Trevor Booker contributed 13 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

This game was ugly for the Heat from the start, falling behind 43-18 after the first quarter. The Heat looked out of place and sluggish from the opening tip and they fell behind by as much as 34 at one point. The Heat shot only 44 percent from the floor and 28 percent from three, which is very uncharacteristic of them on both fronts. The defense looked below average for the 3rd straight game and seems just as hard to explain as the outcome of this game. The Heat were just outplayed in every aspect of the game tonight and it showed.

The lone bright spot from this game was the return to action of Greg Oden. The Heat’s reclamation project suited up for the 1st time for the Heat this season, and for the 1st time for any team since 2009. He scored six points and grabbed two rebounds in his eight minutes of play. If his rehab in going as well as we all hope, he could be making a bigger impact soon.

The Heat’s next game is Friday night in Philadelphia, against the 76ers (13-25). The tip-off is scheduled for 7 pm.

Topics: Miami Heat, NBA

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