A Second-Half Comeback Allows Washington to Take Down Miami 107-106 in Overtime

Washington gets back in the win column after a tight 107-106 win, in overtime, against the Miami Heat. Miami was without Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, and Tyler Herro due to injury, so the Wizards pounced on an opportunity to steal a win against a team they will see in Miami in just a few days.

The Wizards stuck with the Heat through the first quarter, actually leading 33-31 after one. However, turnovers started to creep up on Washington towards the end of the first, finally catching up to them in the second quarter. The Wiz found themselves down 69-57 at the half. The turnover problem was mainly in the hands of Bradley Beal and Kyle Kuzma, who had 11 of the team’s 15 total turnovers in the game.

Regardless of the many turnovers he amassed, Beal was still able to do his thing scoring a team-high, 27 points.

The second half was where the Wizards started to turn things around, chipping away at the lead the Heat had built. They outscored Miami 24-19 in the third quarter, and then 23-16 in the fourth, pushing the game to overtime.

Overtime was as low scoring as can be. Washington scraped the win by scoring 3 points to the 2 points that Miami accumulated in the extra frame.

The second-half comeback was sparked late in the third, and early fourth quarters of play. Corey Kispert hit a few shots from beyond the arc, reviving the Wizards’ offense. Kispert would score 17 points and go 6-for-9 from the field.

Kispert was also a huge reason the Wizards’ bench outscored that of the Heat, 30-18. Hachimura was the other Wizard off the bench who had a dominant impact.

Despite a couple of big threes from Kispert and Beal, Washington was brought back down to Earth from beyond the arc, shooting only 32% as a team from deep. The biggest reason for this drop in shooting percentage from three was due to Kuzma, who went 2-for-12 from downtown. Kuz would still accumulate 21 points in a bounce-back game from his quiet outing against the Thunder.

The absence of Adebayo in the paint allowed Porzingis to dominate down low. He would haul in 17 rebounds and send 2 shots back where they came. Porzingis also tagged on 20 points for himself, despite only shooting 35% from the field.

Heat guard Kyle Lowry did everything he could to get the win for Miami. He was able to record a triple-double with a team-high, 24 points, to go with 10 rebounds and 15 assists. Lowry played 50 minutes of a 53-minute game.

The Wizards move to 9-7 and currently sit 7th in the Eastern Conference. They will be hosting the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday, November 20. Tip-off is at 6 pm EST and will be the last of the six-game home-stand.

Please follow and like us:

You may also like...

Follow by Email