The Washington Wizards lost the Miami Heat 91-88 on Friday night at Capital One Arena. Here's analysis of what went down...
Burn the tape: After holding on to win in Miami on Wednesday, the Wizards knew it would be a difficult task beating the Heat twice in a span of three days. Sure enough, the Heat played much better and the Wizards, well, they played much worse.
Despite winning on Wednesday, the third quarter was the Wizards' worst of the season. On Friday, they had their worst half in several years. They managed just 29 points, their lowest since they scored 27 against the Warriors on March 23, 2015. It was the second-lowest points for any NBA team in a half this season. The Heat held the Jazz to 25 in a half on Nov. 10.
The Wizards couldn't get shots to fall and didn't have their usual pace and movement on offense. They shot just 38.1 percent for the game and 28.6 for three. They went 0-for-13 from three in the first half. They will want to move past this one very quickly.
The Wizards were down as much as 25 points and stormed back to make it a one-point game with 11.3 seconds left. Bradley Beal, though, missed a shot that would have tied the game in the closing seconds when they were down two.
The Wizards dropped to 9-6 on the year with the loss. On the bright side, the Wizards have kept their opponents to under 100 points in each of those games, their longest such streak since 2015.
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Wall was way off: Friday was an off-night for John Wall that you rarely see. He went scoreless in the first three quarters and didn't score his first points until he got a three to go down with 5:25 left in the fourth. Wall finished 3-for-12 from the field and finished with eight points and eight assists.
Wall was not his usual self in many ways. He wasn't alone, as many guys shot poorly, but Wall is one of the most consistent players in the NBA.
The Heat did a good job of preventing dribble penetration and stopping Wall on the fastbreak. That's how he generates a lot of his offense and credit to Miami for taking it away.
After the game, Wall revealed that his left knee was bothering him due to fluid that has built up following IVs he was given last weekend.
Beal woke up late: Beal had the best night of anyone on the Wizards, but it didn't start out that way. He had just six points midway through the third quarter before he got going. Once he did, there wasn't much the Heat could do to stop him.
Beal almost singlehandedly made this a game with a barrage of threes at the end of the third quarter. He hit three of them and two of them were right in the faces of Heat players guarding him.
This was his best three during that sequence:
Beal ended up with 26 points on 9-for-22 shooting.
Smith played for a change: With the Wizards down double digits in the third quarter, head coach Scott Brooks turned to a guy we haven't seen much from this year. Yes, Jason Smith finally got some burn.
Smith hadn't played in three straight games and had logged just 12 total minutes in the last seven. But he provided instant energy like he usually does. Smith converted an and-1 in the third quarter and came back with a layup in the fourth on a goaltending call.
Smith didn't exactly shut down Hassan Whiteside (22 points, 16 rebounds), but the Wizards' other bigs didn't have much luck either.
Olynyk welcomed back: When Kelly Olynyk checked in for the Heat in the first half, he was met with a cascade of boos. It was his first game at Capital One Arena since the second round playoff series last spring between the Wizards and Celtics. Even now that he's in a different uniform, Wizards fans can't stand the guy.
Up next: The Wizards are off Saturday before hitting the road. They first stop in Toronto for a 3:30 game on Sunday. They play the Bucks in Milwaukee the next day in their first back-to-back set of the 2017-18 season. Both games are on NBC Sports Washington.
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