MIAMI (AP) — Goran Dragic scored 28 points, Hassan Whiteside combined 24 points and 18 rebounds, and a Miami Heat degraded a Washington Wizards 110-102 on Wednesday night while being separated from a NBA playoffs.
Miami indispensable a win, and possibly a detriment by Indiana or Chicago, to strech a postseason. But Indiana downed Atlanta to bind a No. 7 seed, and Chicago surfaced Brooklyn to squeeze a No. 8 spot.
Willie Reed scored 16, Josh Richardson had 15 and James Johnson scored 12 for Miami.
Trey Burke scored 27 for Washington, while Sheldon McClellan had 18, Marcin Gortat combined 16 and Otto Porter Jr. finished with 11.
The Wizards played though starters John Wall, Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris, all resting adult for Game 1 of their first-round array opposite Atlanta this weekend.
Washington started a deteriorate 2-8, and finished adult with a No. 4 seed in a East.
“We have a organisation that plays hard, only like Miami,” Wizards manager Scott Brooks said. “They have a organisation that they can be unapproachable of any night. You’re not going to win any night, though you’re going to leave all on a building any night. And we’ve finished a same thing. We didn’t have a good start, though we stayed together.”
That they did, in a many surprising season.
They went 11-30 in a initial 41 games, second-worst in a league.
They went 30-11 in a final 41 games, second-best in a league.
They became a initial organisation in NBA story to lift off such a turnaround, and for a initial time given being 2-2 they finally got behind to .500 on a season’s final night.
But they will go no place else now, and a subsequent outcome of note for Miami will come during a May 16 breeze lottery.
“Through a good times and a bad times, this organisation never forgot to have fun,” Heat captain Udonis Haslem said. “We always enjoyed entrance to work any day. We always enjoyed entrance to work any day. We always enjoyed competing. We always enjoyed removing better. We even enjoyed a ride.”
Only 3 other Heat teams in an 82-game report won during slightest 30 games in a second half of a season. Of those, all 3 went to a discussion finals, and a 2013 organisation won a NBA title.
This organisation is only going home, a diversion bashful of a playoffs.
“When we have players that welcome culture, and we welcome them for who they are, and they take ownership, and it evolves into something even opposite and better, it’s one of a many absolute things in organisation sports,” Heat manager Erik Spoelstra said. “And that’s what this organisation has done.”
Wizards: Even with a loss, Washington (49-33) posted a sixth-best unchanging deteriorate in a franchise’s 56-year history. … Marcin Gortat started all 82 games this season. … McClellan’s college manager — Miami’s Jim Larranaga — was courtside. … Larranaga was 3 seats from Floyd Mayweather, and tennis fable Martina Navratilova was also in attendance.
Heat: Miami went 4-0 opposite Washington and 16-14 opposite East playoff-bound teams. … Whiteside got his 58th double-double, fluctuating his authorization single-season record. … Dion Waiters (ankle) missed his 13th true game. The Heat were 27-19 with him, 14-22 though him this season. … Miami didn’t lead until a median of a second quarter, afterwards stayed forward a rest of a way.
The Heat are a initial organisation given a 2007-08 Portland Trail Blazers to win 13 or some-more uninterrupted games and not make a playoffs. The pervious 16 teams with such a strain all reached a postseason. Eerie similarities: Both those Blazers and this Heat organisation finished 41-41, and both had Josh McRoberts on a roster.
Washington went 3-1 opposite Atlanta this season. But a reason for concern: Wall has shot underneath 50 percent in any of his past 11 games contra a Hawks.
Spoelstra had a good line when asked how a Heat overcame a 11-30 start. “How do we eat an elephant? One punch during a time,” he said.
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