WASHINGTON (CBSMiami/AP) – The Miami Heat couldn’t overcome a 35-point deficit, falling 99-97 to the Washington Wizards on Friday night.READ MORE: Florida Jobless Claims Down Thanksgiving Week
Nene Hilario scored 20 points, Marcin Gorat added 14 points and 17 rebounds and the Washington Wizards blew all but one point of that 35-point lead.
Miami had a chance to take its first lead, but Henry Walker’s corner 3 rimmed out with 5.9 seconds left and Nene snared the rebound.
Bradley Beal made one of two free throws with 1.6 seconds left. Miami inbounded after a timeout, but time expired before Michael Beasley’s jumper – which fell short – left his hands
Beal added 17 points for the Wizards, 2-7 in their last nine games.
Miami played without starters Dwyane Wade (sore right hip) and Luol Deng (right thigh contusion). Goran Dragic had 18 points, but left the game after a hard fall late in the third quarter.
Shabazz Napier added 16 for Miami, and Beasley had 13 – all in the fourth quarter.
Washington led 83-48 midway through the third quarter, but Miami cut it to 88-73 after three. Dragic scored 12 points in the quarter.READ MORE: Do You Recognize This Man? FBI Releases Photos Of Miami Bank Robbery Suspect
Beasley’s driving layup made it 98-95 with 1:47 left, and Tyler Johnson’s tip-in pulled Miami to 98-97 at the 1:08 mark.
Miami got to within 17 early in the second, but the Wizards soon extended the lead back above 20, and Beal’s jumper made it 67-39 at intermission.
Gortat’s driving dunk off a between-the-legs pass from John Wall gave the Wizards their 83-48 lead with 7:10 left in the third quarter.
Heat: Lost the season series with Washington 3-1. … Are 5-21 when trailing after the first quarter. … Miami has used 24 lineup combinations this season, the second-most for a single season in team history (30 in 2007-08). … Hassan Whiteside picked up his eighth technical foul of the season. … Miami picked up a team technical in the fourth for having too many players on the court.
Wizards: Set season highs for points in a quarter (40) and in the first half (67). … Gortat has 10 or more rebounds in his last seven games. … Forward Kris Humphries missed his fourth consecutive game with a strained left groin.
Heat: At home against Sacramento on Saturday night.MORE NEWS: Liana Wallace On 'Survivor' All-Black Alliance Falling Apart: 'Just Wanted Us To Make Top 8, Then We Can Have World War II''
Wizards: At Milwaukee on Saturday night.