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Miami ends 2019 with a road loss to Washington

The Miami Heat (24-9) suffered their worse performance of the early season, falling to the Washington Wizards (10-22) 123-105 in their final game of 2019. 

With star Bradley Beal out for his second consecutive game with a leg injury, several Wizards stepped up offensively to get them the 18 point victory tonight. Jordan McRae led Washington in scoring with 29, Garrison Matthews registered a career-high 28 points, with 20 in the second quarter, and Ian Mahinmi added a career-high 25 points as well.

Jimmy Butler led Miami in scoring with 27 points, along with 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Duncan Robinson and Bam Adebayo also had solid nights, Robinson had 16 points (3-8 3pt), Adebayo with 14 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Takeaways:

-Miami got way too comfortable after taking an 11 point lead early in the 1st quarter, giving up 42 points in the second quarter, which led to Washington taking a commanding lead at the half and throughout the rest of the game, winning the third and fourth quarter offensively.

-Miami had a really bad defensive display, allowing Mahinmi, McRae, and Matthews to combine for 82 points. The Heat could not equalize with only one player above 20 points, in Jimmy Butler.

-Miami didn’t bring their A-game tonight offensively and certainly defensively. These losses to below-average Eastern Conference teams are unacceptable if the Heat wants a first or second seed come playoff time.

-The Wizards roster contained a load of G-League guys who were called up due to injuries. Allowing Matthew, an unheard name who’s previous career-high in points was 6, score 22 at the half and 28 in the game.

-Miami did not take advantage of the injury of Thomas Bryant and allowed Mahinmi to account for his career-high in points, in addition to allowing Washington’s mediocre bench to score 80 points, totaling for their worst defensive outing this season. 

-They could use this loss as a reminder that they have to bring the same energy every night, even on nights that they face underwhelming teams. 

With the loss tonight, Miami’s 5 game win streak comes to an end, and now have a 1-1 season series against Washington. 

Miami also falls to third in the Eastern Conference again, with Boston reclaiming the second spot.

Miami will look to bounce back on Thursday, as they face the Toronto Raptors (22-11) at home. 

– @michael.yero

Michael Yero covers the Miami Heat, Miami Hurricanes, Miami Dolphins and South Florida High School sports for 305Sports. He’s born and raised in Miami, currently attending Immaculata LaSalle High School.

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