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Wizards 71 - HEAT 99 Game Recap and Infographic

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The Miami HEAT got back on the winning track with a 99-71 win over the Washington Wizards. The HEAT dominated the fourth quarter en route to the victory. The HEAT hit the road for a six-game trip, starting Tuesday in Indiana.

Impact Performance of the Night: Chris Bosh started hot from the floor and finished with a very efficient 17 points and nine rebounds. It was his defense, however, that made a huge impact. He blocked four shots and challenged many others. Bosh’s play was a huge deterrent to all Wizards players. They’re starting bigs finished 3-for-12.

The Deciding Run: It may have been decided well before it, but the HEAT closed on a 21-0 run. After cutting the deficit to 78-71 with seven minutes left, the Wizards didn’t score again. They missed eight straight shots and four free throws.

Play of the Game: The end of the first half came with fireworks. Cartier Martin and Bradley Beal scored five quick points before Dwyane Wade found Mike Miller on a pass that travelled three-quarters of the court. Miller promptly turned and shot, drilling the three-pointer. The play exhibited excellent awareness by both Wade and Miller.

Efficiency Rating: Offensive Efficiency: 112.4; Defensive Efficiency: 83.4

Trend to Watch: The rebound margin will be touted, but the HEAT were able to grab so many because they forced so many missed shots. The HEAT played tough defense all the way around, rotating and contesting shots. The HEAT blocked eight shots and challenged many others. The HEAT’s defense will largely determine how their upcoming six-game road trip will go.

The Takeaway: It’s a nice win to grab before heading out on the road for a week and a half. The HEAT led wire to wire and were never really threatened. It’s not surprising that the HEAT beat the Wizards, but the fashion in which the HEAT won is encouraging. All in all, the win doesn’t portend much, but the HEAT started their self-correction on the boards tonight. That’s a step in the right direction.

Notes: LeBron James scored 24 points and had seven assists. Dwyane Wade finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. Ray Allen scored 20 points off the bench. Dexter Pittman was inactive.

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Can anyone link that play Wade threw behind his back to James? Since they called a foul, ESPN and NBA.com don't care about posting that greatness.

But screw that, the play was awesome!

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