For the second time in two games, the Wizards had an opportunity to tie a game late in regulation with an open three, and for the second time, the shot didn’t fall as the Wizards wound up losing to the Heat 113-108 on Saturday night.
Washington went on a 7-0 run late in the fourth quarter to give themselves a chance, but when they had a chance to tie the game the Heat forced the ball out of Bradley Beal’s hands with a hard double team that left Tomas Satoransky open for three. He got a good look, but like most of the other threes Washington attempted in this game, it didn’t go in.
Although both teams had double-digit leads at points in the game, it was a close affair for most of the night. Washington controlled the paint for most of the game, winning the rebounding battle 53-44 and the points in the paint battle 56-46, while Miami controlled the perimeter. Josh Richardson scored 19, Dion Waiters added 18, and Dwyane Wade scored 20 off the bench in his final game at Capital One Arena while the Heat held Beal to 16 points on 14 shots.
Wade got most of the oohs and aahs from the sellout crowd during the game, as he pulled out several classic moves but got outscored by Jeff Green, who finished with 25 points off the bench on just 12 shots. He was matchup nightmare for Miami’s bigger, slower frontline and leveraged it all night to help Washington’s benc
It was a price the Heat were happy to pay to keep Washington’s other scoring options in check. Besides slowing down Beal, they also forced Jabari Parker into a dismal 6-point performance. He and Beal combined to go 8-of-24 from the field. Off nights from Troy Brown Jr. (2-of-9 for 7 points) and Bobby Portis (6-of-15 for 14 points) also made things tough for Washington.
The good news for Washington after losing their fourth in a row is that their next two games are against teams who have already been eliminated from the playoffs. The bad news is they’ll have to fly across the country and play them on a back-to-back as they face the Lakers and Suns next week.
Another lesson for Troy Brown Jr.
This is one of those games that should help highlight some of the areas where Brown needs to grow to earn more meaningful playing time next season. The Heat don’t have exceptionally talented perimeter players, but they move it around well and make you work hard to get good looks on the other end.
He had to take a lot of tough shots tonight that aren’t in his repertoire and couldn’t find a lot of quality passing opportunities. He’ll need to bulk up a bit this summer and work on his outside shot to take better advantage of the opportunities he had tonight, but give him credit for hanging in there and finishing on a high note with a layup in the closing minutes that gave Washington a chance to keep it close.
Thomas Bryant knows how to sell it
Kelly Olynyk needs to be put in a cage match with Flave to settle this pic.twitter.com/FS8D1sJmxH— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) March 24, 2019
Just gonna leave this here
Scott Brooks will have fewer regular season wins in his three seasons with the #Wizards (122 with 8 games left) than Randy Wittman's last three seasons with the team (131).— Neil Dalal (@NeilDalal96) March 24, 2019
Next up: The Wizards (30-44) head out to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers (31-41) in a nationally televised game at 10:30 pm Eastern Time on Tuesday night.