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Heat B-team snags home court, tops Wizards 103-98

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 10, 2013 at 10:25 pm •  Published: April 10, 2013
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James played in Tuesday night's 94-83 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, but the Heat are playing it safe with the reigning league MVP.

"Not a setback," Spoelstra said. "Want to make sure he feels right. He was a little bit tight yesterday after the game."

Wade missed his sixth consecutive game. Haslem sat out after recording his first double-double of the season on Tuesday. He said he felt a pain when he planted while chasing a rebound, but he doesn't expect to be sidelined for long.

"I don't want it to be a situation where I go into the playoffs with something nagging," Haslem said.

The absence of the big names gave the game a low-key, exhibition feel. The Heat committed 11 turnovers in the first quarter, yet still had a three-point lead. Miami finished with more 3-pointers (17) than 2-pointers (16).

Neither team led by double digits until the Heat went ahead 98-88 with 2:53 remaining, with a three-point play and a 3-pointer by Allen keying the decisive run.

The game fit a recent Wizards pattern of playing to the level of their competition.

"I don't know if we've beat a team this year that's had their main guys out," coach Randy Wittman said. "That's got to be remedied somehow."

Notes: Webster left in the third quarter with an abdominal strain. "It's super-sore. ... It's one of those times where you've got to shut it down," said Webster, although he didn't rule out returning for the final games of the season. ... Washington's Trevor Ariza missed his second straight game with a sore left knee. ... Wall was whistled twice for traveling in the first half, leading to a conversation with official Olandis Poole. "I asked him what's the difference from now and the first two years you called me, and he didn't explain it to me," Wall said. "So hopefully I don't have him for a while." ... The Wizards' pursuit of ninth place has been ridiculed, but Wittman noted it seemed unlikely when the team was 4-28. "What do you want to aim for?" Wittman said. "Eighty wins, when you're 4-28?" ... Miami improved to 14-1 on the second night of back-to-backs.

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