The Miami Heat exacted revenge on the Washington Wizards at home, winning 102-72 in a game that was much less intriguing than the Wizards win over the Heat on December 4.
Washington simply didn't bring the type of effort required to unseat the Heat for a second consecutive time. LeBron James seemed to be on a mission to beat the Wizards this time around, as he led the way with a 23-point, 10-rebound and five-assist performance.
Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem chipped in 13 points apiece as the Wizards struggled to keep Miami from getting easy shots inside. As a team, Miami shot 50 percent from the field and scored 42 points inside the paint.
The Wizards were led by rookie guard Bradley Beal, who racked up 19 points, and an efficient performance from power forward Cartier Martin, who scored 18 points and had six rebounds to go along with four assists in 27 minutes off the bench.
Ultimately, the Heat's depth and a great game from James were too much for the Wizards to handle—no other Washington player was able to score more than eight points.
Player of the Game: LeBron James
LeBron continued to show why he is the reigning MVP and the best player in the game, as he effortlessly filled the stat sheet once again. James failed to hit from beyond the arc, but was efficient in getting to the line and going 8-of-15 from the floor.
Aside from scoring, James was the occasional facilitator with five assists in the game and led the charge defensively.
Statistically this wasn't all that special of a game for James, but that's a testament to his consistency on the floor.
What's Next for the Wizards?
The 3-18 Wizards will host the 14-7 Atlanta Hawks on December 18.
What's Next for the Heat?
The 15-6 Heat will host Ricky Rubio and the Minnesota Timberwolves on December 18.