Dragic, Whiteside lead Heat to 114-111 win over Wizards

When the Miami Heat were led by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, scoring was rarely an issue.

James Johnson had 17 points off the bench for Miami, which scored its most points in a game this season and got its first back-to-back wins.

"It wasn't as if he was getting many opportunities", coach Erik Spoelstra said of the hot shooting start by both teams, with the Heat motoring to their highest scoring total and shooting percentage of the season. "Like I told you last game, we weren't playing bad teams".

"Guys are not really letting me catch it in the post as much", Whiteside said. "I just think our one-on-one defense was bad". The Wizards shot 16 of 27 in the first period, the Heat 13 of 20, their accuracy somewhat offset by five turnovers.

"They got wide open 3's", Wall said. "They have some guys that usually don't make shots, but they made shots because they were basically like workout shots, there was no body there". "There was nobody there to contest them". "The third quarter was good for us". Whiteside then rounded out his first half with 12 points and six rebounds. "The first team that played defense won". "So I try to affect the game in different ways". "Set good screens, get offensive rebounds, knock down 15-footers, so it's pretty good".

The Heat extended the margin to 17 with 5:18 remaining. John Wall had 23 points and 11 assists in their 119-112 victory as the Wizards drained 15 of 25 3-pointers.

Washington (3-8) almost had its own blowout, but still won comfortably over NY. He's hit only 36.5 percent of his shots from the field overall and 32.4 from three. The Washington Wizards are averaging 101.8 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 105.3 points on 46 percent shooting. "We just got to get better on the defensive end". "That's the bottom line". But we just need to grind. "A lot of guys can score".

Shortly after Wall walked out of the locker room, Beal spoke about the team's defensive problems, mostly echoing what his backcourt mate had said moments prior.

Marcin Gortat had 10 points and 16 rebounds for the Wizards. Brooks turned to Jason Smith to fill Morris' spot, and needless to say, he didn't have quite the same impact as Morris. The Heat will be without Justise Winslow for the third-straight game, but a loss to a floundering Wizards team would be inexcusable.

NOTES: Heat G Dion Waiters (groin) was considered a game-time decision, but started and played 29 minutes. C Ian Mahinmi (knee surgery) will participate in his first practice of the season Sunday. Washington signed Mahinmi to a four-year, $64 million free-agent contract in July.

The road trip will continue on Monday when the Heat travel to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers. Morris sat out due to a sprained right ankle and could be questionable for the Wizards' next game against the Phoenix Suns. TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN Arizona (Phoenix), CSN Mid-Atlantic (Washington) ABOUT THE SUNS (4-10): Phoenix was coming off its best defensive performance of the season in a 116-96 win at in on Friday night when it stumbled again in Philadelphia, and coach Earl Watson was not letting the team use the excuse of a back-to-back.

  • Angelo Rivera