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Game #27: Miami Heat (19-7) vs Washington Wizards (5-21)

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MIAMI FL - FEBRUARY 25: John Wall of the  Washington Wizards drives against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI FL - FEBRUARY 25: John Wall of the Washington Wizards drives against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Miami Heat will look to bounce back from their loss to the Magic on Wednesday night when they head into Washington DC to lock horns with the Wizards. There are some circumstances where a game like this, against a lesser opponent, could cause a lapse in focus for some teams. That should not be the case for the Heat tonight.

Miami's players certainly don't want to lose for a second game in a row. Combine that with the Heat knowing that they are a much better team then the Wizards, and that's basically smelling blood in the water for LeBron and Co. The Heat has won 11 of their last 14 games, but the majority of those games were at home in South Florida.

Things have come a little tougher for Miami when they aren't playing at the AAA. After starting the season 5-0 away from home, they have since dropped 5 of their last 7 road games. That's more reason for the Heat to be happy that they are playing the Wizards. The Miami Heat franchise has had more success against the Wizards franchise then any other team.

The Heat has more total wins (66) and road wins (30) against the Wizards then they have against any other team. So we know that history is on the side of Miami, but that doesn't mean they wont have to go out there and work for this win. The Wiz are led by talented youngster John Wall, who has had some good games against the Heat, and is coming off of a pair of very nice games. He scored 29 points in his last outing, a loss to the Knicks, and then put up 31 points in the game before that, a win against the Raptors.

GAME NOTES

  • Miami is 7-5 on the road. Washington is 4-11 at home.
  • This is the first meeting of the season between the Heat and Wizards.
  • Miami has won five consecutive games against the Wiz, and 11 of the last 12.
  • The Heat are 30-17 all-time in games played at Washington.
  • LeBron James is coming off of his lowest point output of the season, scoring just 17 in the loss to Orlando.
  • For Miami, Mario Chalmers (hand) is listed as questionable.
  • As for the Wizards, center Ronny Turiaf (hand) and forward Andray Blatche (calf) are out while forward Rashard Lewis (knee) is questionable.

Tipoff from the Verizon Center is set for 7pm. The game will be broadcast locally on Sun Sports. After this game, the Heat plays their 3 games in 3 nights stretch starting on Sunday in Atlanta.