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Wizards fall to Heat, as hot shooting goes cold vs. Miami’s zone

Wizards go cold, fall to Heat originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Washington Wizards lost to the Miami Heat 113-105 on Wednesday night. Here are five takeaways from what went down…

Cooled by the Heat

The Wizards had just beaten the Heat at home in overtime just five days prior, but this time Miami had both Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo and, predictably, they made a difference. Herro’s presence was felt in particular in the fourth quarter when he got hot from three and helped the Heat hold off a valiant comeback effort for the Wizards, who trailed by as many as 21 points.

The loss was a rare one for the Wizards, who came into this game winning six of their last seven. They had played their last six at home, however, and Wednesday’s game against the Heat was the beginning of what will be a big test moving forward. It was the first of 16 road games in the Wizards’ next 22 games overall. They just proved they can hold serve at Capital One Arena but will now need to show they can translate their success elsewhere.

Kyle Lowry gave them trouble on Friday and he was once again very good on the offensive end. He had 28 points and shot 5-for-6 from three. The Wizards made matters worse for themselves by missing eight of their 19 free throw attempts.

The Wizards will get another shot at the Heat on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. For now, they will celebrate the holiday together as a team, with a loss to chew on with their turkey and cranberry sauce.

Missing key guys

Both teams were without some of their best players. While Miami did get Adebayo and Herro back, Jimmy Butler and Duncan Robinson were absent, as was Max Strus. The Wizards, meanwhile, were missing Bradley Beal, Rui Hachimura and Monte Morris, the latter two missing their second consecutive games.

Beal, Hachimura and Morris were all considered questionable leading up to this game, as Beal has a right thigh contusion and both Hachimura and Morris are dealing with right ankle soreness. All three were gametime decisions, per reports out of Miami, but were not able to give it a go. Maybe they will be ready to return on Friday. Regardless, it looks like…

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Author : NBC Sports Washington

Publish date : 2022-11-24 03:09:00

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