The Wizards are looking for their fourth straight win against the Miami Heat. You read that right. When the teams met at Verizon Center on Dec. 4, the Wizards came away with a 105-101 victory as Jordan Crawford scored a team-high 21 points.
Crawford showed some gamesmanship in the win, clapping his hands to taunt LeBron James as he attempted some free throws in the final minutes. With the teams meeting for the second time in two weeks, Crawford is looking for the Heat to come out trying to make a statement.
“I expect them to come out and try to jump on us,” Crawford said. “I expect us to be aggressive, no back down. Start from the get-go.”
Playing their fourth game in five nights for the first time this season, the Wizards will not have Brazilian big man Nene, who is sitting out with soreness in his left foot. Nene had been averaging 13.3 points and nine rebounds in the past three games and he had seven points and five rebounds in the win over Miami.
The Wizards won the first two games of their current three-game win streak against Miami last April with the Heat resting its three stars – James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – in anticipation of the playoffs. Coach Randy Wittman plans to get nothing but the best effort from Miami this time.
“They’re one of the best teams in the league so it’s good that we just played them,” Wittman said. “It’s obviously good I think for our guys that we won, and so I think they know that. They’ve played in this league long enough to understand that, but there are games that different teams point to with what’s happened before. That’s part of the NBA.”
Tipoff: 7:30 p.m.
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