Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/3

Game 1: Sunday, November 3rd
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Heat103
Game 2: Wednesday, January 15th
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Wizards114
Game 3: Monday, March 10th
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Game 4: Monday, April 14th
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Heat 97

(27-11, 11-8 away)

Wizards 114

(18-19, 8-9 home)

    Coverage: CSNB

    7:00 PM ET, January 15, 2014

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

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    MIA 18 30 29 2097
    WSH 43 26 17 28114

    Top Performers

    Miami: L. James 25 Pts, 8 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl

    Washington: J. Wall 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 9 Ast, 2 Blk

    Heat-Wizards Preview

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    After spending a day joking around with the President of the United States, the Miami Heat turn their attention back to basketball and their mini-skid.

    Getting two starters back in the lineup and playing in Washington should help.

    The Heat look to avoid a third straight loss Wednesday night against a Wizards team that's struggling mightily at home.

    Miami (27-10) spent Tuesday at the White House, where President Obama honored the team for winning a second straight title.

    "We've got some outstanding members of Congress who are big fans of the Heat that are (here) from both parties, because we all know nothing brings people together like the Miami Heat," Obama joked.

    The Heat are again one of the favorites to win this season's championship, but they arrived in the nation's capital in the midst of a little funk.

    After getting outscored by 15 after halftime in Thursday's 102-92 loss to New York, Miami suffered a 104-95 double-overtime defeat in Brooklyn the following night. The Heat made 6 of 23 3-pointers and LeBron James fouled out with 36 seconds left in the first overtime -- the first time he fouled out in the regular season since 2008.

    James fouling out meant Chris Bosh was the only regular starter to play in the second extra session for Miami. Dwyane Wade rested his sore knees after playing 39 minutes the previous night, and Shane Battier (strained quadriceps) and Mario Chalmers (strained Achilles) spent the game in street clothes.

    Wade is slated to return and Battier, who has missed the last five games, practiced Monday and is hoping to be back. However, Chalmers didn't practice and could miss a fourth game in a row.

    The Heat, who have lost back-to-back games three times this season, are trying to avoid their first three-game losing streak in the regular season since Jan. 10-13, 2012.

    "We lost the last two on the road so we got to go out there and get a big one on the road," Wade said.

    The Heat would seem to have a good shot at bouncing back in Washington, where the Wizards have dropped seven of eight. Strangely, Washington (17-19), which is opening a five-game homestand, won for the seventh time in nine road games with Monday's 102-88 victory over Chicago.

    "We got to find a way to play a home game," guard John Wall said. "For some reason when we go on the road we're playing great, we're playing 48 minutes and we're winning. Until we figure it out at home we won't win no games."

    Wall and Nene had 19 points apiece and the Wizards shot 52.0 percent against the defensive-minded Bulls.

    The Heat are also considered a tough team to score on, but they've allowed an average of 101.9 points on 49.1 percent shooting in their last nine games. Coach Erik Spoelstra said defense was the focus of Monday's practice.

    "We've had some slippage," Spoelstra said. "We need to get back on it. Our guys understand it. We were humbled this past weekend ... And we needed a day like today to get back to the basics and remind ourselves that we have some work to do."

    James scored 16 in the first period against the Nets and finished with 36 points. He has scored at least 30 in four straight games, shooting 62.8 percent.

    James had 25 points, Bosh scored 24 and Wade added 20 in the Heat's last game against the Wizards, a 103-93 victory Nov. 3 for their fourth straight win in the series.

    Miami is 9-3 against Washington since acquiring James, and two of those losses came when he didn't play.

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    Research Notes

    While LeBron James has us all anticipating a big game from him tonight, don't expect a big night from Wizards star John Wall. In 7 games vs the Heat, Wall is averaging 12.7 PPG, his 2nd-fewest against any team in his career.
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    Wizards scored 69 points in the first half vs the Heat, the 2nd-most first-half points allowed by the Heat in the Big 3 era.
    The Heat trailed by as many as 34 points against the Wizards in the first half, their largest deficit of the season (at any point in the game) and their 2nd-largest in any game in the Big 3 era (largest was 38 vs Wizards on April 26, 2012).
    The Miami Heat allowed a season-high 28 fastbreak points Wednesday. Entering the game they were allowing 11 fastbreak points per game this season.
    Maybe it's the Heat defense that is coasting, since their last meeting with Indiana on December 18th they have the worst field goal percentage defense in the NBA, and 5th-worst defensive efficiency. Their defense ranked 6th in efficiency during their first 26 games.
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    So just for fun, let's look at LeBron James' single-game career highs... His best scoring game was 56 points in 2005. His most assists in a game are 16, while his rebounding high is 19. His best plus-minus is +39.
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    Although LeBron James had more touches (78) and field goal attempts (18) against the Wizards than his season averages (73.6 touches per game and 16.1 FGA per game), he drove to the basket only three times (Season Average: 6.6 drives per game).

    - James took nine shots from 15 feet or beyond, three more than his season average. He made only one of those nine shots, a season-low 11 percent (Min. 5 FGA at that distance).

    *Credit season average on touches and drives to player-tracking data on NBA.com

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