Wizards breeze past Heat
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Caron Butler poured in a game-high 30
points and Gilbert Arenas scored 27 to lead Washington over Miami, 106-95, at
the Verizon Center.
Butler, who shot 12-of-19 from the floor, also grabbed nine rebounds and
dished out four assists. Arenas finished 10-of-23 and pulled down six boards
and had six helpers.
Antawn Jamison netted 22 points with 10 rebounds and five blocks for the
Wizards, who have won two straight and snapped a 12-game losing streak against
Washington finished 49 percent shooting.
James Posey led the Heat with 26 points off the bench while Alonzo Mourning
added 17 points and eight boards in defeat. Antoine Walker added 12 points for
The Heat, which have dropped two in a row and five of their last eight, shot
41 percent from the field.
The Wizards got going right away with a 12-2 spurt in the opening 3:20 of the
first quarter. Then, after Chris Quinn’s driving layup cut Miami’s deficit to
30-17 with 1:45 left, Washington fired off 10 straight points for a 23-point
advantage after one.
Trailing 46-21 early in the second, the Heat went on an 11-1 run led by nine
points from Posey to cut within 15. With 3:47 remaining, Posey drilled a pair
of threes and Quinn added one of his own to make it a 55-44 contest.
Miami got as close as nine late in the frame, but Arenas’ driving layup gave
the Wizards a 60-49 halftime lead.
Posey’s three-pointer capped an 8-0 scamper by the Heat to start the third and
cut it to 60-57. However, Washington scored six of the next seven points and
maintained its lead en route to an 83-76 edge entering the final quarter.
In the fourth, Gary Payton’s jumper closed it to a five-point game, 94-89, but
the Wizards cruised to victory after a pair of Arenas free throws opened up a
10-point advantage with just under four minutes to play.
Jamison finished 9-of-14 shooting…Miami’s Brendan Haywood and
Jarvis Hayes each donated eight points…Quinn ended with nine points…Miami
hosts Memphis on Saturday while Washington visits the Lakers on Sunday.