Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/4

Game 1: Wednesday, November 4th
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Wizards89
Game 2: Tuesday, November 10th
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Heat90
Game 3: Friday, November 27th
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Heat84
Game 4: Friday, January 22nd
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Heat 93

(4-1, 2-0 away)

Wizards 89

(2-3, 1-1 home)

    Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

    7:00 PM ET, November 4, 2009

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 31 19 16 2793
    WSH 17 24 25 2389

    Top Performers

    Mia: D. Wade 40 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    WSH: B. Haywood 16 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Wade scores 40 as Heat hang on against Wizards

    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON -- Dwyane Wade wasn't about to take himself out of this game.

    The Miami Heat star played every minute of the second half on his way to a 40-point game, including a jumper with 25 seconds left that gave Miami the lead for good on the way to a 93-89 win against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

    Fast Facts

    • Dwyane Wade had 40 points, the 25th 40-plus game of his career.

    • Gilbert Arenas scored 32 and is nine points shy of 10,000 for his career.

    • The Wizards lost to the Heat for the fifth straight time and 20th in their last 25 meetings.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    A day after playing nearly 38 minutes and scoring 23 in a fast-paced game against Phoenix, Wade didn't even think about taking a rest. At one point in the second half, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra looked to his star to ask if he wanted a breather. Wade made eye contact and shook off his coach's suggestion.

    "I ain't going nowhere," said Wade, explaining his thought process after the game.

    His coach thought about it and knew he was fine leaving his star on the court.

    "I decided they probably weren't going to take out their guys, either," Spoelstra said.

    It was the first time Wade scored 40 points since getting a career-high 55 in April against New York. Quentin Richardson had 19 points and nine rebounds for Miami (4-1).

    Wade outdueled Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas, who scored 32, in a game that was deadlocked down the stretch until the final minute. With the game tied at 89 and a minute left, Wade made plays when he needed to and Arenas couldn't answer.

    "This was one of those games where you have to will your team to victory as the leader," Wade said. "As the guy they look to, I took it upon myself to get the job done."

    Wade got the job done on 14 of 26 shooting. Despite his point total, Arenas shot 9 for 27 from the field.

    Arenas lost the ball on a layup with 17 seconds left after Wade's jumper, falling hard to the ground after driving through traffic. After a Wade free throw to put Miami up 92-89, Arenas attempted to lob a ball to Brendan Haywood that bounced off the basket to end Washington's chances.

    "It hit the rim," Arenas said. "That's it. It's not rocket science -- it hit the rim."

    DeShawn Stevenson missed two free throws with 44 seconds left to set up Wade's jumper.

    Haywood had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Caron Butler had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Washington.

    The tight final minutes came after Miami opened up a point early lead. Haywood opened the game with a dunk, but the Wizards didn't hold the lead again until Haywood's hook shot at 6:28 left in the third quarter gave Washington a 57-56 edge.

    The rest of the quarter belonged to the team's dueling stars. Arenas scored nine of Washington's final 13 points in the third quarter. Wade outdid him, tallying Miami's final 10 points, including a last-second layup to tie the game at 66 entering the fourth quarter.

    "At one point during the game, I told him, 'This is what you do,'" Richardson said. "'We're right here. Now, you take us home."

    Miami had led by as many as 19 in the opening quarter, going up 27-8 with 3½ minutes left in the first. The Heat led 50-41 at halftime.

    "It's amazing as bad as we were in the first quarter they only scored 93 in the game," Washington coach Flip Saunders said.

    The Wizards finished the game without starter Mike Miller, who left in the fourth quarter with a left shoulder sprain. Saunders said he is expected to be out seven to 10 days.

    Game notes


    Miami G Daequan Cook sat out his third straight game with a right shoulder strain. ... This was the first of three meetings between the teams in November. They play again in Miami on Nov. 10. ... Miami swept the series (4-0) last season. ... Haywood was given a technical foul for hanging on the rim after a third-quarter dunk.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MIA
    WSH
    Points 93 89
    FGM-FGA 35-72 (.486) 31-82 (.378)
    3PM-3PA 8-14 (.571) 5-16 (.313)
    FTM-FTA 15-19 (.789) 22-28 (.786)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-38 13-41
    Assists 19 15
    Turnovers 17 15
    Steals 3 7
    Blocks 5 5
    Fast Break Points 10 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 18 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 18 3

    Top Performers

    Miami
    Washington
    Dwyane Wade Wade
    Points: 40
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2
    Brendan Haywood Haywood
    Points: 16
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2