John Wall scores 25, Wizards defeat Heat

John Wall finished with 25 points and notched 9 assists to help the Washington Wizards beat the Miami Heat, 114-97. The Wizards had a strong shooting performance in this one, going 41-75 (54.7%) from the field, including 10-22 (45.5%) from three-point range. This is the second win in as many games for Washington (18-19) after beating Chicago on Monday.

Wall went 7-14 from the field (3-6 on 3-pointers) and 8-8 from the free throw line, in what was an efficient performance. Other key players for Washington included Nene Hilario with 19 points and 9 assists, Trevor Booker with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Marcin Gortat with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Chris Bosh had another strong performance for Miami in the loss, scoring 26 points on 10-19 shooting, including 3-6 from behind the arc. He also tallied 7 rebounds. LeBron James contributed 25 points and 8 rebounds and Norris Cole finished with 15 points and 7 assists.

Along with their eFG% of 61.3%, the Wizards connected at a rate of 45.5% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (4-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Heat are 3-5 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

Miami (27-11) has now dropped their last three straight contests.

Coming up next, the Wizards battle the Chicago Bulls, who are 17-19 on the year. The Heat meet the Philadelphia 76ers, currently 13-25 this season. The Wizards have a 1-0 record against Chicago this season. The Heat are 0-1 versus Philadelphia this season.