The Miami Heat set things right against the Washington Wizards on Saturday night, dominating on both ends of the court en route to a 102-72 blowout win. The Heat ratcheted up the defensive intensity against the overmatched Wizards, generating 21 turnovers and holding Washington to 38 percent shooting on the night.
For anyone questioning whether Miami still had an extra defensive gear, Saturday night's performance should provide a pretty clear answer.
Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade scored the ball efficiently, and LeBron James delivered the haymaker, decisively knocking Washington out of the game with a 16-point third quarter. Miami's MVP set the tone for his team on defense, scrambling all over the floor, tipping passes and starting breakaways.
After falling to the lowly Wizards on Dec. 4, James and the Heat clearly had a mind to send a message on their home court, and they delivered it loud and clear.
Miami moved to 15-6 with the easy victory, while the Wizards dropped to 3-18, retaining the worst mark in the league.
After a game like this, the Heat are sure to be feeling better about themselves, but it couldn't hurt to tell every key Miami player how we feel about their performance. Let's get to the grades.