You hate to say the game was more in the Miami Heat’s favor but I mean hey it was. Washington Wizards lose in overtime, 134-129, to the Heat behind Bradley Beal’s 38 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Followed behind him was Davis Bertans with 24 and four assists.
As for the Heat, Jimmy Butler had 24 points and 10 assists. Majority of his points came at the free-throw line as he went 16-18. Tyler Herro and Goran Dragic off the bench combined for 47 points.
The Wizards were down 19 at halftime and were shooting horribly and just could not get any calls in their favor as you can see in the free-throw difference. And based on this Washington should’ve been down a lot more than just 19.
Comparison of stats between Wizards and Heat.#RepTheDistrict #WizHeat pic.twitter.com/1OXwb3U2VT— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) January 23, 2020
A tremendous 26-6 run in the third quarter pushed their first lead at 76-75 behind this hardcore dunk by Beal. We just knew Washington was going to take over and win this game....but not quite.
ON HIS HEAD pic.twitter.com/AXw7MJe7RA— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) January 23, 2020
The best run of the night came in the fourth quarter when Washington went on a late 9-0 run secured by Beal and Bertans after being down 115-109. Wizards took a 118-115 lead, but after two straight misses from Miami and a miss from Washington, James Johnson hit a game-tying three-pointer with 35.7 seconds left to send the game to overtime.
From then on, the Wizards never regained a lead or tied the game in overtime as their closest deficit was 131-129.
Two big takeaways from the game tonight was the early on cold shooting from Washington and the lack of urgency to get to the free-throw line, although calls seemed to go in Miami’s favor. Yeah I said it.
The Wizards seemed to want to live by the three and surely did die by it and the shots just didn’t want to fall for them as much as they did for the Heat. In the first half the Wizards were dominating the paint as Miami took over beyond the arc. In the end, Washington lost this game as they outscored the Heat 62-40 in the paint, but was 13-42 from three-point.
Washington continues their road efforts against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET. Catch the game on NBC Sports Washington per usual.