Updated: December 15, 2012, 11:08 PM ET
LeBron James 8-15 FG | 7-11 FT | 10 REB | 5 AST | 23 PTS | +36

There was a touching moment before the game when LeBron James and some of his Heat teammates stood during the national anthem with their young sons in honor of those lost in the Newtown, Conn., tragedy. After that, James went to work. His 20-plus scoring streak looked to be in jeopardy, but then he outscored the Wizards 16-10 in the third quarter. Game over.

Dwyane Wade 5-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 13 PTS | +28

Wade wasn't going to let the Heat lose to Washington again. With his array of leg issues, we never know which set of wheels Wade will have on any given night, but on Saturday night, he looked in top form. Wade spread the rock all over the floor to teammates and scored efficiently. Anytime Wade can rest the entire fourth quarter, the Heat should be thrilled.

Chris Bosh 5-7 FG | 2-5 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | +21

A standard Bosh game. He opened the game by hitting a couple of silky jumpers, then snuck behind the porous Wizards defense and slammed the ball home. We even saw him try his hand on not one, but two 3-pointers. He missed both. Bosh barely touched the ball in this one and ended up with 12 points in abbreviated playing time.

Udonis Haslem 6-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | +30

Well, hello there, Haslem jumper. We had been expecting you for some time. After starting out the season an atrocious 7-for-30 on jumpers, Haslem rediscovered his pre-foot-injury shooting form, nailing four J's -- he did air-ball one though! -- en route to a season-high 13 points. If only he could play a shorthanded Wiz team every night. Alas, the Wolves are next.

Washington Wizards

A.J. Price for MVP? The Wizards point guard sat out Saturday's game with a broken hand after scoring 14 points in the last meeting between these two teams and the Heat steamrolled the visitors. With no Trevor Ariza, Nene or John Wall here in Miami, this one was practically over before it started. Put it this way, their second-leading scorer, Brandon Beal, was a minus-40.

Grades by Tom Haberstroh


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