The lack of scorers caught up with the Wizards on Sunday after they posted a disastrous second quarter and scored a season-low in points that allowed the Miami Heat to win easily 97-75 at Verizon Center.
John Wall's streak of double-doubles was snapped at eight (14 points, five assists, no turnovers) and Marcin Gortat was the only other starter to reach double figures in any category (12 points, 13 rebounds). Ramon Sessions (13 points) led bench scorers.
Chris Bosh (23 points) led Miami followed by Goran Dragic (18 points), Gerald Green (15 points), Tyler Johnson (10 points) and Hassan Whiteside (six points, 13 rebounds, six blocks). Dwyane Wade, who went 12 of 15 shooting in a 114-103 loss to the Wizards on Dec. 7, only had eight points.
The game was competitive at the start, but the Wizards (15-17) came unraveled when they went the last 5:35 of the second quarter without a point, missing 13 consecutive times as they went into the locker room 50-31.
They shot 2 of 22 in the period for seven points, which was just above their worst quarter of the season (six) in a 101-87 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Nov. 25.
The previous low for points was 78 in a Nov. 27 loss a the Boston Celtics.
- Still think the Wizards don't really need Bradley Beal, who missed his 12th game in a row with a stress reaction in his lower right leg? Think again. Guards Wall, Garrett Temple and Ramon Sessions combined to shoot 14 of 48 (28.5%).
- Whiteside was not a factor in the first meeting as the Wizards didn't have Gortat, who was on personal leave, and were forced to go with small lineups that feature Jared Dudley and Otto Porter playing in the low post. This time, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra stuck with Whiteside even when the Wizards went smaller. Gortat was ineffective early trying to fade away from a shot-blocker like Whiteside. Four of his game-high six blocks came on Gortat. Whiteside changed shots at the rim, blocking Wall on a drive in transition and altering a shot from Temple.
- It's difficult to find anything worth complimenting in a game like this but rookie Kelly Oubre (six points, eight rebounds, one steal) entered at 3:58 of the first quarter and stripped Dragic which led to a layup for Wall. On the next possession, he ripped the ball from Luol Deng to disrupt a possession, grabbed the rebound on an eventual missed shot for a layup for Gortat that tied the score at 16.
- Wall was hit with a technical foul for the second time in three games. Dragic was in transition and caught a pass and lost his own balance, anticipating Wall's attempt at a shot block. Dragic fell to the floor -- both feet came off the ground -- being untouched and was granted a timeout. It should've been a turnover. This isn't why the Wizards lost but the frustration level that Wall has towards officials is for good reason. See the foul called on his block vs. DeMar DeRozan with 40 seconds of a close game with the Toronto Raptors for Exhibit A.
- Porter (six points, six rebounds) reverted to his old habits before his streak of three consecutive games with at least 20 points. He had the open looks from deep again but went 0-for-3. If he's not posting 20-10 games with the Wizards this shorthanded, it's going to be difficult for them to win no matter what everyone else does. That shot is there for him to make, or miss.
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