The only team in the NBA to have to play three games in three days this season, the Wizards didn't have it Saturday. They were flat all around as John Wall shot 5 of 17 en route to a 114-94 loss at the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena.
The season series ends tied 2-2, preventing the Wizards from locking up a key tiebreaker in what could be a tight finish in the East.
Bradley Beal (19 points) came off the bench again to play 29 minutes, followed by Jared Dudley (16 points), Wall (12 points) and Marcin Gortat (14 points, 13 rebounds).
Miami (31-24) was playing without Chris Bosh (blot clot) and Dwyane Wade (knee) but relied on Hassan Whiteside (25 points, 23 rebounds), Luol Deng (27 points, 10 rebounds) and Goran Dragic (24 points, eight assists, seven rebounds).
The Wizards (25-29) will be off Sunday and practice Monday before playing a back-to-back set vs. the New Orleans Pelicans and at the Chicago Bulls.
- Unlike the previous two games when the Wizards locked down their opponents from the get-go, the Heat shot 47 of 96, or 49% %which resulted in double-digit leads most of the way. The Wizards only committed six turnovers but forced just eight, preventing them from getting the transition baskets they need to be at their best. Shooting 3 of 22 on three-pointers and just 11 of 21 from the foul line didn't help, either.
- When Wall isn't effective, the Wizards still have trouble finding offense. He only had four assists, his fewest since Jan. 8 in a 97-88 loss to the Toronto Raptors.
- Garrett Temple isn't expected to be instant offense, but when he's starting he has to provide more on that end even if it's just 10 points. He went scoreless in 17 minutes (0-for-4). Since Jan. 25, he's 29 of 92 (31.5%). Otto Porter remain an inconsistent third scoring option (seven points).
- Deng is proving talk of his demise as an elite player could be greatly exaggerated. He scored a season-high 30 in an upset of the Atlanta Hawks on Friday and follows up with a game like this. With Wade and Bosh unavailable, he has picked up that slack. Can he keep this up?
- Markieff Morris, in his second game since being traded to Washington, was 2 of 7 off the bench in 21 minutes (five points). Monday will be the first chance he gets to actually practice.
MORE WIZARDS: Morris already feeling at 'home' with Wizards