Wizards 100 Heat 82
October 15, 2013
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
[divide]In front of a packed Phone Booth, the Wizards trounced a lackadaisical Miami Heat team, lead by a career (albeit preseason) performance by Bradley Beal.
Beal’s 29 points, which would have been his career high if it were a regular season game, was a result of coach Randy Wittman’s emphasis on small ball. Wittman used several combinations of three-man front courts, setting up 12-three pointers and giving John Wall the space to work off the pick and roll.
A slow first quarter had the Wiz projected to score under 80 points but solid play by the Wizard bench built a 10 point lead early in the third quarter. The experience of Al Harrington carried a the Wizard bench late in the 3rd quarter as the Heat began to make a run. Miscues from Miami as well as clutch shooting from Beal in the fourth salted away the Heat for the 100-82 win.
Beal was 10 for 15 from the floor, including 4 for 8 from 3-point range. John Wall had 13 points, eight assists, five steals and five turnovers for the Wizards.
LeBron 10 points for the Heat, including back-to-back dunks in the second quarter – the first a reverse slam and the second a ridiculous ally-oop from Bosh.
Dwyane Wade and Shane Battier scored 14 points apiece to lead Miami.
[divide]MVP: Bradley Beal – 29 pts, 10-15 FG, 4-8 3PT
Coach Wittman remarked after the game: “This time last year he was scared shitless, now he’s playing with confidence.” It was great to see the pressure off Wall to do too much and Beal looked smooth and poised the whole game, scoring 29 points without much fanfare – now if we could just get him to stop landing so awkwardly when he gets rejected by the rim…
LVP: Jan Vesely – 2 pts, 5 fouls in 24 minutes
Vesely noticeably took the fire out of the Wizards after they started out with Trevor Booker (Booker looked great). He looked lost, slow, unaggressive and about as underwhelming as a basketball player possibly could. He also missed a wide open oop at the basket. Just turrible.
Key stat of the game: 21 turnovers
Wizards still have a problem turning the ball over. With 21 turnovers last night, the Wizards were lucky to be able to recover. Miami’s 23 turnovers helped alleviate some of those miscues but this is a crucial stat that the Wizards need to improve on if they want to be a playoff team this year.
Tweet of the night:
Shameless self promo, but a lot of people said the same thing:
The Wizards travel to Baltimore tomorrow to play Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. Look for the Wizards to ride this wave of confidence as Randy Wittman continues to experiment with different lineups. Wizards guard Eric Maynor sat out last night with a sore achilles but should be ready to go by tomorrow.