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[WASHINGTON] — The Washington Wizards played host to the Miami Heat last night and Wiz fans will wish that they could have another crack at this one. The narrow 103-106 defeat was and still is a tough one to swallow. The loss bumps Washington's record down to 48-32 on the season, while the victory gives Miami a 39-41 total on the year. It's not overly surprising that the Wizards would end up losing this one consider they did little to establish themselves as dangerous threats. Perhaps the showing can serve as an essential building block for the team in the days to come.

An impressive performance from Hassan Whiteside led all players in the contest and his 30 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals in 37 minutes will make many-a-fantasy owner proud. Most importantly, the Heat managed to prevail where it mattered most and will happily add another victory to their season total. So long as Whiteside keeps producing at this rate and Miami keeps winning ball games, everybody - from fantasy owners to the team coaching and executive staff - will be more than satisfied.

In addition to the contributions from Whiteside, the Heat also benefited from a big night out of James Johnson. With 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists, Johnson did an admirable job helping guide his club to a much needed road victory.

Individual performances aside, if there's one area where the Wizards can improve, it's on the defensive side of the ball. Though Washington wasn't terrible in the ball game, there's no denying that a stricter focus on limiting their opponents could serve them well the next time they collide with a worthy foe.

The loss hurts for the homeside but they'll get their opportunity to regain ground in a pending matchup with the Detroit Pistons. The Heat, meanwhile, will set their sights on a run-in with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Wizards Stats

Roster P R A B S M
J. Wall16682236
B. Beal16551238
M. Gortat111121029
I. Mahinmi11901219
M. Morris21500130
K. Oubre12610033
B. Bogdanovic9110025
B. Jennings2040015
J. Smith300109
T. Satoransky210006

Heat Stats

Roster P R A B S M
H. Whiteside301223237
J. Johnson151151137
G. Dragic18470237
J. Richardson10132537
T. Johnson19420137
W. Ellington10110220
W. Reed2311011
O. White2010011
R. McGruder0010013
DetailsWashingtonMiami
Game No.8080
Score103106
Average110.0103.0
Record48-3239-41
 
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Hassan
Whiteside

61.0 FP
1.65 FPPM
James
Johnson

41.0 FP
1.11 FPPM
John
Wall

38.0 FP
1.06 FPPM

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