Magical Pixels, Wizards vs. Heat: Is this life?

Rob Carr

The Washington Wizards beat the defending-champion Miami Heat last night in convincing fashion, building a 34-point lead before holding on for a 114-97 win. The internet noticed.

You guys, what's going on? Are we safe? Did the Mayans predict the apocalypse 13 months early?

So many epic things happened last night. The Washington Wizards beat the Miami Heat at home, 114-97, and along the way built a 34-point lead before, in #SoWizards fashion, almost losing it, holding on, and surging forward at the end. From Nene's monster block on LeBron James early in the game, to his monster dunk on LeBron late in the game, from John Wall's step-back three in Norris Cole's eye late in the fourth quarter, to Mike dropping a "Brick killed a guy" in his recap, so much epic occurred.

It really was overwhelming, but you all were champs, and stuck it through. In the end, the internet didn't let us down.

KEY LINKS

Home team recaps: BF StoryStream | Washington Post (gamersidebarMike Wise column) | AP | CSN Washington (recapsidebar) | Truth About ItWiz of AwesDC Sports ReportDistrict Sports PageTed's TakeWizards.comMonumental Network

Road team recaps: Hot Hot Hoops | Miami Herald (gamersidebar) | Sun-Sentinel | Heat Index (recapOden sidebar)

Game highlights

Postgame interviews: Randy WittmanJohn WallNeneBradley BealMarcin GortatTrevor BookerMartell WebsterChris BoshDwyane Wade

KEY STATS

22 - String of consecutive Heat victories over Southeast division opponents snapped by the Wizards. Yowza!

9 - Assists recorded by Nene against the Heat, a career high.

9 - Washington's advantage in free throw attempts against Miami. The Wizards made 22-of-26 free throws, while the Heat made 16-of-17.

TWEETS OF THE NIGHT

There were so many...

The Wizards outscored the Heat 43-18 in the first quarter, and stretched their lead to 34 in the second quarter. Then, in the most predictable development in world history, the Heat went on a run of their own, and #WizardsTwitter went all Negative Nancy.

But then something glorious happened. Just as the Heat had dwindled its deficit down to nine, and appeared poised to retake the lead altogether...the Wizards held on. Not only that, but they outscored Miami in the fourth quarter, 28-20, and claimed their biggest win of the season, and maybe in several seasons. #WizardsTwitter rejoiced.

VIDEO/GIF OF THE NIGHT

You know what's coming.

Nene says NO NO to LeBron.

Oh man, it doesn't get much better than that.

AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

GAMETHREAD COMMENT OF THE NIGHT

YYEEEEESSSSSSSSS.

GAMETHREAD ROLLCALL

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