In the end the Wizards were their own worst enemy with 19 turnovers that led to 22 Heat points in a 99-90 loss. Still the Wizards had a chance to steal the game away from the Heat.
Raising the temperature on the Heat
The Wizards would not go away against the Heat. Early in the game the Wizards missed layups and good looks and at the end of the first quarter were 9 of 31 shooting from the field. It didn't matter. The Wizards stayed the course. They ended up with a 50-33 advantage in rebounds.
Martell Webster impressed with 17 points off the bench and veterans Drew Gooden and Andre Miller gave the Wizards hope. Gooden had 15 points and Miller 6 assists.
“I thought that our energy was great. We have to shoot the ball well to beat them [Miami HEAT]. I thought that we had a lot of good looks early in the game. We got down [about] eight to ten points early; but we kept fighting. We can’t have 18 turnovers against this team. We got to take care of the ball. I’m proud of our guys. They kept battling and working. We didn’t shoot it the way that we’re capable of. We got some good looks. We moved the ball. We attacked pretty much all game. We missed point blank layups and offensive rebounds. At one time we had 14 more shots in the first seven or eight minutes of the game; and we didn’t convert. Those are the times that you really got to get going.”