Wade returned to score 40 points and lead the Miami Heat to
their 10th straight win, a 118-112 victory over the Wizards on
Wade, who missed the previous two games with a sprained right
wrist, has scored 115 points in three games this season against
Washington. His running jumper in the lane gave Miami a 114-112
lead with 21 seconds left.
"That was the first time I ever called an open isolation
against a 2-3 zone," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "He's a
remarkable player and I'm glad to have him on my team."
Wade said he could played in Monday night's win at Charlotte,
but chose to rest a bit more.
"Having five days off helped me come out with a lot of
energy," Wade said. "It is tough to be able to play games like
this, down to the end. This is what you need come playoff time."
Gilbert Arenas scored 28 points, and Antawn Jamison, Caron
Butler and Antonio Daniels each had 19 for the Wizards, who lost
for the fifth time in six games. Washington has dropped 11 straight
-- 15 counting playoffs -- to Miami.
"There's always that one team that dominates another team,"
Arenas said. "For us to beat them, we have to play a perfect
Following a timeout, Jamison was fouled going to the basket by
Miami's Shandon Anderson. Jamison missed both free throws, and he
quickly picked up a loose ball foul to foul out. Wade sank both
free throws to open a four-point Miami lead with 14 seconds
"He is one of the best players in the league and he is only 24.
That's scary," Butler said. "The way he absorbs the contact going
to the rim, and then finding a way to finish is unbelievable."
On the ensuing possession, Butler lost the ball out of bounds.
Williams then sank two free throws to clinch the game for Miami.
"It's very important to execute down the stretch and get the
stops, but by the same token, we want to put the games away a
little earlier," said Miami's Udonis Haslem, who had 12 points and
Antoine Walker's two baskets, including a 3-pointer, sparked
Miami's 11-2 run that gave the Heat a 99-98 lead with 7:12 left.
That was the first of seven lead changes and four ties in the
"If we continue to play like that, we are going to be a pretty
good team to finish the season," said Washington coach Eddie
Jordan, whose team lost in overtime at Boston a night earlier.
Washington took a 91-86 lead into the final period. Wade scored
15 points in the third quarter, when Daniels and Jamison each had
10 for the Wizards.
Etan Thomas came off the Wizards bench in the second quarter to
score 10 points and grab four rebounds, helping Washington build a
57-52 halftime lead. Wade led Miami with 17 points in the half.
Wade hit his first shot, a 3-pointer just 15 seconds into the
game, en route to scoring 12 points that helped Miami take a 26-22
lead after one quarter.
"He always brings his 'A' game against us," Jamison said. "He
plays well every night, but he has had some spectacular games
against the Wizards."
Miami center Alonzo Mourning (sprained left foot) did not
dress. His status was day to day. ... Shooting guard Daniels made
his 11th start of the season for Washington. ... A large part of
the Miami crowd chanted "MVP! MVP!" before Wade stepped to the
line and missed a foul shot with 2:02 left in the third quarter. Up
to that point, the Heat were 17-of-17 from the free-throw line. ...
The Wizards lost 104-101 in overtime at Miami on Dec. 11, when Wade
scored a season-high 41 points.