James absorbed some hard fouls early but the physical play from the Wizards did little to slow him down. Just as he did on Tuesday night, James quietly filled up the stat sheet, making an imprint on every possession. James delivered big plays down the stretch, wreaked havoc defensively and consistently found the open man on the perimeter.
You could build a fort around the paint and Wade would still find a way to the basket. Wade pounded the rim again Wednesday night, finishing with one of his most efficient outings of the season. Defensively? Not so much. Wade was largely absent, surrendering many of rookie Jordan Crawford's career-high 39 points while failing to pick up a steal or block until the final minutes.
With his play on Wednesday night, Bosh put Cleveland in his rearview mirror. Just hours after sleepwalking through Tuesday's game against the Cavs, Bosh came out with a vengeance on Wednesday, blocking shots, dropping dimes and attacking the rim. He surpassed his Tuesday point total within the first 10 minutes of the game and never looked back. This wasn't his best defensive output but it's a step in the right direction.
It's time for concern. A night after hemorrhaging 102 points to the lowly Cavaliers, the Heat couldn't stop the super-shorthanded Wizards. The Wizards reached the rim with ease and frequented the free-throw line. The Heat have a ton of work to do before the playoffs come around.
After John Wall was ejected in the second quarter, the Wizards could have packed up and mailed it in. After all, they were already without Rashard Lewis, Josh Howard and Nick Young. Instead, the collection of rookies and former D-leaguers played their hearts out and took the Heat down to the wire. This was closer than the final scoreboard indicated, thanks to Crawford's prolific performance.