It had to be the magic of Washington Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III spilling over from Monday nights win versus the New York Giants. Out of the sky the Washington Wizards found team chemistry on both sides of the floor for a full 48 minutes against the Miami Heat.
There wasn’t the customary second half let down. There wasn’t the all-to-familiar get down by double digit points, come soaring back, only to run out of gas in the last couple of minutes. This Wizards team looked more like what owner Ted Leonsis envisioned after announcing that settling for lottery picks shall no longer be an option this summer.
From the opening tip to the final whistle you could tell Tuesday night was going to be different for the Wizards. Randy Whittman inserted his fifth different starting lineup to combat the three-foward, two-guard lineup that the Heat deploy. The ball movement and rotations on defense were crisp from the start of the game and Wizards even managed to go to the free throw double digit times before the end of the 1st quarter.
Once inserted, Kevin Seraphin showed why the Wizard brass and fans are pretty high on him. Finishing with 16 points and 10 rebounds, Seraphin was one of three Wizards’ reserves to make an impact in this game. Jordan Crawford continued to show why he should play an important part in the future of this team finishing the game as the leading scorer and assist man while playing one of his best games of the season.
Not to forget about the gritty play of Trevor Ariza, whose game was cut short with a strained calf. Ariza played about as good as you can play defense against Lebron James doing what he does best, picking up steals and doing all the other intangibles it takes to win. Nene Hilario brought stability to the floor while Martell Webster came in and continued the revitalization of his career finishing with 13 points.
Not to take anything away from the Wizards but it helps that Miami has a tendency to play down to the level of it’s competition.
Good win for the Wizards tonight. They get to savior this win for few days as their next game isn’t until Friday versus the Atlanta Hawks.