In addition to having lost six in a row this season, the Washington Wizards have lost their last four consecutive games against Miami, which has lost two of its last five games, including 109-95 to Orlando on Wedensday.
The Wizards, meantime, are coming off a 107-93 loss to the shorthanded New York Knicks on Wednesday at Verizon Center. New York was missing Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire but got 23 points and 10 assists from point guard Jeremy Lin.
Nick Young had just seven points in 3-for-11 shooting against the Knicks, but the starting guard averaged 27 points in three games against Miami last season. That matched Young’s highest scoring average against any team last season.
“We’re going out to win this game,” Wizards Coach Randy Wittman said. “These were the easy games to play in as a player. I mean these games sell out. These games, hey, this is what it’s all about. Playing in this kind of atmosphere against a quality opponent as we’re playing with Miami. Wow. You look forward to those situations.”
Tipoff: 7 p.m. TV: Comcast SportsNet; Radio: 106.7 (WJFK FM). Check out a live box score for today’s game here.