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Wade carries Heat late, Miami tops Wizards 99-90

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 10, 2014 at 10:09 pm •  Published: March 10, 2014
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"Very surprised," James said.

James went scoreless for a stretch of nearly 15 minutes in the first half, and still easily led everyone with 19 points by intermission. The entirety of his first-half scoring came in two impressive spurts — three 3-pointers in as many tries over a span of 2:43 early in the game, then 10 straight Heat points in a stretch of 3:23 late in the half.

"I felt good about this game the minute, the second I saw LeBron come into the gym today," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We had an early walkthrough and he ran in the gym. Came up to every single person, player and coach and shook everybody's hand and said, 'Let's go. Let's get ready for this game.' That's what leaders do."

Miami's lead was 12 early in the third before Washington went on a 10-0 run, with Gortat scoring the first eight and Trevor Booker's jumper getting the Wizards within 59-57. And after Miami rebuilt the lead to seven, Washington took off on another quick burst, this one enough to give the Wizards their first lead since 1-0.

In less than 2 minutes, Washington outscored Miami 11-0, Webster scoring six in 25 seconds. He head-faked James in the air to start what became a four-point play, then had an alley-oop dunk off a Wall pass on the next possession as Washington took a 65-64 lead.

"I think we match up with those guys perfect," Wall said. "We battle those guys."

Allen had two 3's for the Heat late in the third, and it was 73-all entering the fourth. The Wizards scored only 17 points in the final 12 minutes.

"We saw a few things," Wade said, "and we were able to take advantage."

NOTES: Gortat had never grabbed more than nine rebounds in a quarter. He's the 12th player with 10 boards in a quarter this season. ... Washington missed its first six shots, as Miami took a 10-1 lead. ... March 10 matches the second-earliest date for Miami clinching a playoff spot. The Heat did it on March 8 last season. ... Heat F Udonis Haslem made his 700th regular-season appearance. ... Washington outrebounded Miami 50-33.