The over talked about story of the game will be the two missed three pointers LeBron James had in the final 19 seconds of the game. But what about the fact that the Heat allowed the worse team in the NBA to score 105 points when they are averaging just over 90 points per game for the season?
Not to mention the fact that the Heat play the New York Knicks Thursday night for the first time since the Knicks blew them out at Madison Square Garden in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. James also was in New York City today to officially be honored and named Sports Illustrated ‘Sportsman of the Year.’
The Heat didn’t play defense because they just didn’t want to. James recorded his 33rd career triple-double scoring 26 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, and dishing out 11 assists. However, besides two nice blocks, James did absolutely nothing on defense. Neither did Dwayne Wade or Chris Bosh. The Wizards had five players in double figures, including Jordan Crawford, the player who dunked on James at a Nike basketball camp a few years back, who scored a season-high 22 points.
The bottom line is that the Heat played uninspired on defense, the same way they have played for the majority of the season and only this time no late game threes went in, so they lost the game. James may have missed some late-game shots, but the way the Heat didn’t play on the defensive end was the real reason the nation was shocked by the big win in Washington D.C.