LeBron James was making one mistake after another in the third quarter on Friday night, from missing two easy layups to an air ball of a three-point attempt. Then when he kicked the ball out of bounds, it was all but certain at least he was paying nominal regard to the Washington Wizards, who entered as losers of five of their last six.
Pictures in fact surfaced on the Internet of James taking in District nightlife on Thursday into Friday morning, including stops at Cafe Milano in Georgetown and the trendy Shadow Club on K Street.
Studying film of his upcoming opponent’s tendencies? Who needs it? This was the Wizards after all.
“Hey, we did what we could,” Wizards Coach Randy Wittman said. “Did we have breakdowns? Yeah, again I’ve talked the last couple weeks since I’ve been here, we’ll take mistakes that are aggressive, and we’ve had some, got tired, I thought, a little winded, which caused some of our mistakes, too.”
Washington cut the lead to point twice in the third quarter, but each time, Miami countered. In the second instance, the Heat used a 7-2 run to lead 72-65 with 1 minute 9 seconds to play.
The Heat opened the fourth quarter with a a 9-1 run to take an 83-68 lead and never was threatened again.
“It was just one of those nights,” said Wizards guard Nick Young, who scored 22 points. ”We were missing shots we should have made, open threes. We wish we could take those back. Just how the games goes.”
The Wizards did have their moments, including some alley-oop slams from John Wall to center JaVale McGee. Wall also had perhaps his most memorable pass since the Wizards drafted him No. 1 overall in 2010 when he drove deep into the lane and left the ball for McGee with his hands behind his back.
Wall’s stat line was indicative of the Wizards’ night overall. He had 15 points and a game-high 10 assists, but he also committed a game-high seven turnovers.
“We played hard,” said McGee, who had a season-high 24 points and 13 reboounds. “We just couldn’t get them in the long run.”