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BEST OF LAST NIGHT: Unlike its first game against the Wizards, the Heat didn't play down to its opponent. The gold star goes to Udonis Haslem, who was 6 of 7 from the field for 13 points and seven rebounds.
WORST OF LAST NIGHT: Wizards guard Jordan Crawford was 2 of 12 from the field. Crawford is clearly uncomfortable in his current role.
NIGHTLY NUMBER: 25
The Heat worked on ball movement during practice on Friday and then again during Saturday's shootaround. The extra effort showed. The Heat's ball movement was excellent throughout the game. Miami had 25 assists.
NIGHT LINE: LeBron James outscored the Wizards 16-10 in the third quarter. After scoring just seven points in the first half, James poured in the points in the third period to extend his streak of 21 straight games to begin the season with at least 20 points. James did not play in the fourth quarter. For the night he was 8 of 15 from the field, 0 of 3 from three-point line and 7 of 11 from the free-throw line. He had 10 rebounds (all defensive) to go along with five assists, one steal and two turnovers.
THEY SAID IT
“A good win tonight. We came in and did our job. We took care of business and got the win we should have got and needed.”
“It is good; it’s great. UD feels like for himself he hasn’t lived up to what he is
capable of doing, especially with his outside shot. He mixed it up tonight, he had a drive, he got to the free
throw line, had a couple dunks, set some pick-and-rolls and then he had a few
jumpers. The little mix helped us
out a lot tonight.”
—LeBron James on Udonis Haslem
“It was very emotional. D-Wade brought it up and we all thought it would be the best
thing to do. Not taking anything
for granted, knowing we have our family still. Very emotional time with that moment of silence and to have
our kids out there was great.”
—James on the Heat's players standing in a moment of silence with their children in remembrance of the victims and their families of the shooting in Connecticut