Matched up against smaller wings, James played one of his most physical games of the season. He routinely set up down on the block and threw his weight around. When he got the ball in motion, there were few pull-ups. Instead, LeBron rumbled to the basket and looked to draw contact on any Wizard in close proximity.
Wade's night started out miserably, as he missed a dunk and a series of layups in the first half. But after intermission, Wade realized that Andray Blatche and Kevin Seraphin are little more than traffic cones defensively. He began to attack the interior and took over the game, putting together his most impressive half of the season.
A classic Heat-era Chris Bosh game -- he didn't take any bad shots and didn't create many good ones. Bosh won't find a more favorable matchup on the offensive end than Blatche, but drifted farther and farther away from the paint as the night progressed and was virtually absent from the third-quarter rally.
Juwan Howard's shove of an immediately apologetic Hilton Armstrong was completely unnecessary, but it might have roused Miami from its extended coma. The Heat sustained that fury when Kirk Hinrich went after James Jones, one of the league's mellowest, mild-mannered cats. It might not take much to notch a home win over Washington, but the Heat found some fight on Monday.
The Wiz have a bevy of problems. They're thin and undersized on the wings. Their frontcourt defense is a sketch comedy routine. And the team's perimeter guards are content to hurl shots from distance. But here's some comfort for Wizards fans: The team looked rudderless without the injured John Wall, which gives you a general measure of his value.