(SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Heat will try to snap a two-game losing streak
Wednesday night when their long road trip takes them to the Verizon Center to
meet the Washington Wizards.
The Heat haven't lost three consecutive games all season, but that's the fate
that waits for them with a setback on Wednesday. Miami is on game three of a
six-game odyssey, but with five days since their last game, the Heat have had
time to regroup.
They've also had time to pay a special visit. The Heat made the customary trip
as league champions to the White House to meet President Barack Obama on
"Bottom line is: outstanding athletes, outstanding organization, outstanding
team but also outstanding members of their community," Obama said.
The Heat lost at Madison Square Garden to the New York Knicks on Thursday,
then fell in double-overtime to the Brooklyn Nets one night later.
With nicknames on their jerseys, the Nets outlasted the Heat, thanks in large
part to the fact that LeBron James fouled out of just his fourth regular-
season game with 36 seconds left in the first overtime.
The Nets dominated in his absence, won the second extra session, 11-2, and
walked off with a 104-95 victory.
Dwyane Wade sat out for rest, while Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier missed
the game with lingering issues.
"We're a no-excuse team, but right now we have three starters that didn't
play," James said. "Even though we've got a lot of depth, it is hard to make
up for three starters being out."
James had 36 points on 12-of-21 shooting to go with seven rebounds and five
assists for Miami. Norris Cole, who tied it in regulation with under four
seconds left, had 18 points and seven assists in defeat. He also played over
Chris Bosh had 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Rashard Lewis added 12.
The Wizards ended a two-game losing streak with a decisive, 102-88 win on
Monday over the Bulls in Chicago. Washington never trailed once during the
"Win, lose, draw, you have to play all-out with that intensity each game. You
can't have segments of it," Wizards head coach Randy Wittman said. "Tonight,
we didn't let up."
John Wall filled the stat sheet with 19 points, seven assists, five rebounds
and four steals for Washington. Nene also finished with 19 points, five
assists and five boards for the Wizards
Trevor Ariza, Bradley Beal, Martell Webster and Garrett Temple also scored in
double figures for the Wiz. Marcin Gortat pulled down 11 rebounds for
The Heat, who will still visit Philadelphia, Charlotte and Atlanta on this
trip, beat the Wizards by 10 in South Beach on Nov. 3. The Heat have won four
straight and 16 of the last 20 meetings, including a 9-4 mark in D.C.
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