SportsWilliam J. Ford

Wizards, Sans Beal, Upset Heat

With seven inactive players that included All-Star Bradley Beal and only three dressed with at least eight years of NBA experience, the Washington Wizards utilized the “next man up” mentality Monday against the Miami Heat.

It worked as they defeated the Miami Heat 123-105 before a near-sold-out crowd of more than 20,000 for the last game of 2019 at Capital One Arena in northwest D.C.

Two Wizards players scored career highs in points – Ian Mahinmi with 25 and Garrison Mathews chipped in with 28 off the bench. Matthews, a rookie from Lipscomb University in Tennessee, remains one of two two-way players on the Wizards roster and on the team’s G League affiliate, Capital City Go-Go.

Wizards forward Jordan McRae also came off the bench to lead all scorers with 29 points.

“I thought everybody chipped in,” said Wizards head coach Scott Brooks. “Guys were playing hard. It’s a good win for us. It’s one of those wins you don’t want the year to end.”

Brooks said it’s possible a few guys could return within a week, including Beal, who missed a second straight game with a sore right leg.

Rookie Rui Hachimura sat again with a groin injury suffered Dec. 16 against the Detroit Pistons. The timetable for his return is unclear.

Washington (10-22) had an 18-point lead in the third quarter and forced Miami to commit six of its 19 turnovers in the quarter.

Miami (24-9), which sits in second place in the Eastern Conference, came into the District on a five-game winning streak. The Heat lost only its third game against Eastern Conference opponents.

Jimmy Butler led Miami with 27 points and Bam Adebayo recorded a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

As for the Wizards’ golden offensive night, Mahinmi thanked the team’s training staff for keeping him healthy during parts of the season. Playing in his 13th season, he also understands Monday is one game and consistency remains the key for improvement.

“I just wanted to be more aggressive. Obviously, we are missing a lot of key guys,” said Mahinmi, who shot 10-for-11 from the floor. “This is a part of like building character. This is one game. The season is long. The season is full of ups and down, but at the same time, you have to enjoy times like this. There’s still a lot of games ahead of us.”

Washington will continue a six-game homestand with its first game in 2020 on Wednesday against the Orlando Magic (14-19).

Tags
Show More

William J. Ford – Washington Informer Staff Writer

I decided I wanted to become a better writer while attending Bowie State University and figured that writing for the school newspaper would help. I’m not sure how much it helped, but I enjoyed it so much I decided to keep on doing it, which I still thoroughly enjoy 20 years later. If I weren’t a journalist, I would coach youth basketball. Actually, I still play basketball, or at least try to play, once a week. My kryptonite is peanut butter. What makes me happy – seeing my son and two godchildren grow up. On the other hand, a bad call made by an official during a football or basketball game makes me throw up my hands and scream. Favorite foods include pancakes and scrambled eggs which I could eat 24-7. The strangest thing that’s ever happened to me, or more accurately the most painful, was when I was hit by a car on Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia. If I had the power or money to change the world, I’d make sure everyone had three meals a day. And while I don’t have a motto or favorite quote, I continue to laugh which keeps me from driving myself crazy. You can reach me several ways: Twitter @jabariwill, Instagram will_iam.ford2281 or e-mail, wford@washingtoninformer.com

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Washington Informer Newspaper, 3117 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20032, http://www.washingtoninformer.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Back to top button

Subscribe today for free and be the first to have news and information delivered directly to your inbox.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Washington Informer Newspaper, 3117 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20032, http://www.washingtoninformer.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact
Close

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker