Wednesday , Feb , 28 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Wizards try to turn down Heat in D.C.

(Sports Network) – The Miami Heat close out a brief two-game road trip tonight
when they take on the Southeast Division-rival Washington Wizards at the
Verizon Center.

Miami has dropped three of its last four games, including Monday’s 99-93 loss
to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Shaquille O’Neal ended with
20 points for Miami, which is 11-19 as the visitor this season. Jason Kapono
added 24 points in the losing effort.

After Wednesday’s game in D.C., the Heat will open a six-game homestand versus
Detroit, Atlanta, Chicago, Minnesota, Washington and Utah.

In injury news, the Heat are 1-2 since star guard Dwyane Wade went down with a
dislocated left shoulder against Houston on February 21. They are 2-8 overall
this season without the former Marquette star in the lineup.

The Wizards, who own a 4 1/2-game lead over both Orlando and Miami in the
standings, have lost three straight and suffered a 113-101 setback to the New
Jersey Nets on Tuesday in the finale of a three-game road trip at Continental
Airlines Arena.

Gilbert Arenas had 26 points and Jarvis Hayes added 21 with nine boards for
the Wizards, who will open a four-game homestand this evening. Washington will
host Miami, Atlanta, Golden State and Toronto, and owns a 21-7 record at the
Verizon Center this season.

Wednesday’s showdown between Miami and Washington is the second of four
matchups this regular season. The Wizards won the first encounter, 106-95, on
December 15 at the Verizon Center. Both teams will meet again on March 11 and
April 11 this season.

Miami has won 12 of the last 13 meetings with the Wizards. It has also won six
of its last seven trips to D.C.