The Heat clinched a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 99-90 win over the Washington Wizards, improving their record to 44-17.
For the Heat, LeBron James scored a game-high 23 points, to go along with eight assists and seven rebounds. Dwyane Wade finished with 22 points, six assists and five rebounds. Chris Bosh added 22 points and seven rebounds.
For the Wizards, Bradley Beal scored a team-high 18 points, along with five rebounds. Martell Webster scored 17 points off the bench. Drew Gooden added 15 points off the bench as well.
This was just another Heat game, in the sense that they found a way to win despite being killed on the boards yet again. The Heat lost the rebounding battle 50-33, but overcame that by shooting 50 percent and forcing 18 turnovers.
The major concern is that the Heat allowed 21 offensive rebounds, which keeps them from getting out on the break. Those rebounds either result in points for the opposition or another defensive possession.
The most important takeaway from this game was the fourth quarter from Wade. He had 13 of his points in the quarter, had a couple of key assists to James and Bosh and even a huge block to energize the team and the crowd. The fact that it came on a back-to-back (which Wade was held out of early in the season), makes it even sweeter. He looked like his old self, and that’s good news for the Heat.
The next Heat game is scheduled for Wednesday, when they take on the Brooklyn Nets (32-30). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.