The Washington Wizards (43-38) took advantage of the fact that LeBron James and Chris Bosh were out resting as they crushed the Miami Heat (54-27) Monday at The Verizon Center by a final score of 114-93.
Miami went with a ridiculously small starting lineup of Mario Chalmers, Toney Douglas, Dwyane Wade, Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem, and Washington abused that group in the second quarter.
The small lineup had to collapse on Washington's big men inside, leaving shooters open around the perimeter. The Wizards made them pay for leaving them open, shooting 14-of-29 from three-point range.
Trevor Ariza led the way with 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting. Nene added 18 off the bench. And John Wall dished out 13 assists.
The Heat looked like a disaster without James and Bosh. And things got even worse when Wade—who only played 18 minutes—went to the bench.
Miami was led by Michael Beasley, who scored 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Toney Douglas, Ray Allen and James Jones also reached double figures.
Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report.