Offense isn't a problem for the Wizards with the way John Wall and Bradley Beal are playing. They bled points, however, to the depleted Miami Heat again in a 112-101 loss Monday at American Airlines Arena.
John Wall (30 points, eight assists, six rebounds) led the way for the Wizards, who couldn't win their third game in a row for the first time this season. Bradley Beal (29 points, four steals), Markieff Morris (10 points), Otto Porter (nine points) and Marcin Gortat (seven points, 10 rebounds) rounded out the starters.
Goran Dragic (season-high 34 points) was unstoppable as he made 14-of-23 shots as Miami ended a five-game losing streak and shot 51.1percent from the field.
In early November, the Heat scored 114 points -- about 21 over their average at the time -- in a win at Verizon Center.
They had fewer pieces available Monday with Dion Waiters (groin) out.
-- The Wizards fell down 86-82 to start the fourth quarter, but it was Kelly Oubre (six points, five rebounds) who energized them yet again. Oubre drove to the basket and got a foul call and made both shots. He then stole an inbounds pass from Tyler Johnson (11 points) for a dunk to tie the score.
--The bench did its job to hand the starters a 38-30 lead in the second quarter after two free throws from Trey Burke (four points). But when they went into halftime, the Wizards trailed 59-53.
-- Dragic picked up his fourth foul in the first two minutes of the third quarter and he had to go to the bench. The Wizards were able to chop down an 11-point deficit and take an 80-75 lead.
-- The coverage on the screens between Dragic and Whiteside started out strong, but Gortat and the backcourt didn't seem in sync most of the time.
-- Coach Scott Brooks went to a smaller lineup in the fourth. Instead of Wall, Beal, Oubre, Porter and Gortat, he used Morris as the center. The problem was the Heat started running pick-and-rolls with James Johnson (14 points), a reserve forward playing as a spread five, running the set. Dragic, instead, was screening for him and popping for the open shot. The Wizards had no idea how to defend that wrinkle and it showed.