The Washington Wizards lost to the Miami Heat 134-129 in overtime on Wednesday night on the road.
Here are five takeaways from what went down...
1. Only 23 days had passed since the Wizards beat Miami at home in a stunning upset, meaning the memory was still fresh in their first rematch on Wednesday night. Whether that was on the minds of Miami players or not, they certainly played like it.
Miami led by as many as 21 points in regulation before the Wizards charged back to force overtime. Washington, though, never led by more than three and never had enough to pull away as the Heat held on and secured big stops at key times.
The win moved the Heat to an impeccable 20-1 at home. The Wizards have now lost 12 of their last 16 in South Beach.
2. The three-point defense was a major problem for the Wizards, which was perhaps to be expected given that is usually the case for them and the Heat boast the second-highest three-point percentage (37.6) in the league. Miami made 17 threes and shot 51.5 percent from the perimeter. Tyler Herro went 7-for-9 from three and Duncan Robinson went 4-for-7.
The Wizards, meanwhile, were cold from three for much of the night. They began 0-for-8 from long range and ended up 13-for-42 (31%). Beal and Jordan McRae each went 2-for-8.
3. With the exception of a few cold stretches, Bradley Beal was absolutely dominant. He stared down a tough, cohesive Heat defense and carved them up off the dribble to score at all three levels.
Beal crossed up Meyers Leonard much like he did Andre Drummond on Monday to set up a baseline shot. He later dunked on Kelly Olynyk in the third to give the Wizards their first lead of the night.
Beal finished with a monster line of 38 points (16-24 FG), nine rebounds, five assists and a steal. He played 38 minutes, which suggests his minutes restriction is not a factor anymore.
The problem with Beal's night is that he missed some shots when the Wizards needed them most. His game-winner attempt at the end of regulation wasn't released in time. And he missed a stepback three late in overtime that would have tied it.
4. Speaking of Olynyk, he was a problem once again for the Wizards. The goofy seven-footer famously tore up the Wizards in the 2017 playoffs when he was with the Celtics and last season beat them on opening night with a putback layup.
In this game, Olynyk lit a spark off the bench with 14 points and five rebounds in 21 minutes. He made his first five shots and ended up 5-for-7 on the night, including 2-for-3 from long range.
Despite his decorated history of hurting the Wizards, he somehow keeps flying under the radar on their scouting report.
5. Beal's minutes restriction may be essentially over with, but Thomas Bryant's appears to be quite strict. The Wizards big man logged just under 17 minutes and did not appear in the extra period.
Given Bryant had a stress reaction injury, perhaps it should be not surprising the Wizards are being so careful. He's a big man and foot injuries are generally not kind to them.
Bryant was stretched out to 21 minutes against the Pistons on Monday after having two days off. But other than that, he has hovered between 12 and 17 minutes in the five games he's been back.
At this rate, it might be a while before we see Bryant 100 percent back.
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