Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
It’s really hard to look at this Wizards team and continue to say, what if, tonight was not what if, it was why not in a 115-109 loss to the Miami Heat.
Without Wall and Morris, the Wizards have needed to find other ways to win games this season and usually Bradley Beal has been the answer, tonight even his magic wasn’t enough to keep the Heat from finally having a winning record since October.
Beal led all scorers with 33 points for the Wizards, which had the NBA’s longest current road losing streak extended to eight games. Beal also had nine rebounds and seven assists.
Trevor Ariza scored 21, Otto Porter Jr. had 14 and Jeff Green and Thomas Bryant each added 10 for Washington.
Washington cut the Miami lead to three on a driving layup by Beal with 1:27 remaining. Wade made one free throw on the next Miami possession, moments before Beal connected on a pullup 3 to get Washington within 110-109.
“It seems like every time we play one another it comes down to a fourth-quarter game,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said.
Up next is another road again on Sunday against a surging Oklahoma City team.