MIAMI (AP) — John Wall’s knee was fine. And the Miami Heat thought he and the Washington Wizards got a little extra help in the final moments.READ MORE: 3 Rushed To Area Hospitals Following Shooting At Aventura Mall
Wall scored 26 points one night after leaving a game with a sore knee, Gary Neal added 21 including a debated 3-pointer with just over a minute left and the Wizards beat the Heat 114-103 on Monday night.
Bradley Beal scored 21 and Otto Porter finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds for Washington, which never trailed in the fourth.
And it was a dubious night in Heat history. It was the first time — ever — that Miami shot 59 percent in a game and lost. The Heat shot 58 percent in a 1990 loss to Seattle.
The Heat argued that Beal traveled when he lost control of the ball and regained it under the basket with 1:10 remaining. Beal sent it to Neal for a 3 from the right corner that put Washington up five and essentially served as the clincher.
Miami’s Chris Bosh was ejected for arguing calls and non-calls with 28 seconds remaining, the second ejection of his 13-year career. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Miami didn’t get an explanation about the play where they believed Beal traveled.
Dwyane Wade led Miami with 26 points and nine assists. Goran Dragic added 20 points and nine assists and Bosh scored 18 points for Miami, which fell out of first in the Eastern Conference.
Hassan Whiteside scored 14 for Miami on 7 for 7 shooting.
Miami was down eight midway through the fourth, then rallied to tie the game twice — first on a short jumper from Wade in the lane, then on a pair of free throws by Dragic with 2:28 left.
Beal had a steal and dunk to put Washington back on top, and about a minute later Neal hit the debated 3-pointer.
“Speed, speed, speed, smaller lineup, smaller lineup, smaller lineup, more speed,” Spoelstra said. “Even before that, it felt they were going downhill most of the game.”READ MORE: Miami-Dade Police Lieutenant Faces Rape Charges In Palm Beach County
Wizards: Washington shot the game’s first six free throws, making only two. … Marcin Gortat (personal) and Nene (strained left calf) were again out for Washington. … Porter, who didn’t have any double-doubles in the first 128 games of his career, now has two in as many days. He had 15 points and 11 rebounds in Sunday’s loss to Dallas.
Heat: Miami shot 61 percent in the first half and still trailed 60-55 at the break. … Whiteside’s 6-for-6 first half matched the best shooting half of his career. He made all six of his tries from the floor in the first half against Minnesota on Feb. 4. … Miami’s 36 second-quarter points were a Heat season best for any period.
After opening the season with 14 of 19 games at home, it’s time for Miami to start seeing the country again. The Heat play four of their next five away from home, all four of those road matchups coming against East foes. The only home game in that stretch is Sunday, when Memphis visits in Mario Chalmers’ first game as a visitor to Miami.
Wall declared himself ready to go before the game, and didn’t get added to the list of standouts who’ve missed games against the Heat this season. Among those who’ve been in suits instead of sneakers when their teams faced Miami: Kyrie Irving, Dwight Howard, DeMarre Carroll, Kobe Bryant, Rudy Gobert, DeMarcus Cousins and LeBron James.
Wizards: Host Houston on Wednesday.
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