James, Bosh lift Heat past Wizards 103-93

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 3, 2013 at 8:41 pm •  Published: November 3, 2013
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MIAMI (AP) — Extra pass, easy win. It's a tried-and-true formula for the Miami Heat.

LeBron James scored 25 points, Chris Bosh added 24 and the Heat beat the winless Washington Wizards 103-93 on Sunday night to snap a rare two-game slide.

Dwyane Wade scored 20 points for Miami, which hasn't dropped three straight regular-season games since Jan. 10-13, 2012. The Heat (2-2) had 32 assists on 37 field goals, including on all nine of their baskets in the third quarter.

"That's what we do," James said. "We understand that it's easy for everyone when we move the ball, share the ball and we play like that."

Including playoffs, the Heat are now 100 games over .500 at home since the start of the 2010-11 season — 127-27. And when collecting at least 25 assists in the Big Three era, they are 58-5.

Of the 10 Heat players who played, nine scored, nine got at least one assist and all 10 grabbed at least one rebound.

"The intensity was better and the consistent ball movement was better than it's been," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Bradley Beal scored 19 points for the Wizards. Marcin Gortat finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds for Washington (0-3), which shot 43 percent and allowed the Heat to convert 21 turnovers into 25 points.

"I thought we battled well," Beal said. "We still had a few breakdowns on defense and didn't make a lot of shots on offense. But we did a great job moving the ball. We just have to knock down shots and limit our turnovers as much as possible."

Miami's last three-game slide was against Boston in the 2012 Eastern Conference finals, a series the Heat won in seven games.

With two defeats in three games to open this season, Sunday marked only the second time since James, Bosh and Wade teamed up that they took the court with a losing regular-season record. The other was after their first game together in October 2010.

"You can feel it, and it's special when it happens," Wade said of having so many assists as a team. "It just makes the game so much easier."

Washington's Trevor Ariza got hot to start the fourth, as the Wizards turned what looked like a runaway into a game again. Ariza missed all eight of his shots in the first three quarters, then had four baskets — three of them 3-pointers — in the first 4:48 of the final period as the Wizards got within 91-80.

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