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NBA: Heat overcome Beal’s monster night

Miami Heat forward James Johnson (16) is guarded by Washington Wizards guard Tomas Satoransky (31) during the first half of their match at American Airlines Arena. Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY Sports via Reuters

Hassan Whiteside posted 21 points, 18 rebounds and two blocks, leading the host Miami Heat to a 115-109 win over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

Largely because of Whiteside, Miami enjoyed a 62-46 edge in paint points.

Washington’s Bradley Beal, who scored a game-high 33 points, closed the Wizards’ deficit to 110-109 on a 3-pointer with 67 seconds left. Beal added nine rebounds and seven assists in a stellar all-around effort.

Miami’s Justise Winslow, converted from forward to point guard a couple of weeks ago when 2018 All-Star Goran Dragic had knee surgery, had a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 10 assists.

It was a drive by Winslow with 43 seconds left that answered Beal’s score, allowing Miami to pull away. Miami’s Dwyane Wade was also big in the clutch, scoring nine of his 14 points in the fourth quarter.

The Heat, which is 8-2 in its past 10 games, also got 18 points from shooting guard Josh Richardson and 17 points from forward James Johnson. Richardson converted two 3-pointers and has 13 consecutive games with multiple shots from deep.

With the win, the Heat went over .500 at 19-18 for the first time since they started this season with a 3-2 record.

Besides Beal, Washington was led by Trevor Ariza, who scored 21 points. He made 5 of 12 on 3-pointers, and those five 3-pointers tied his season high.

Miami never trailed in the first quarter, taking a 31-24 lead.

Washington took its first lead of the game with 7:13 left in the second quarter on an Ariza 3-pointer. But, by the end of the half, Miami had regained the lead, 61-58.

Miami fell behind in the third but finished the quarter on a 15-6 run, taking a 95-86 lead. That set the stage for the game’s final and dramatic moments in the fourth quarter.

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