Rasual Butler, John Wall Lead Wizards Past Heat


Dec 1, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) dribbles as Miami Heat forward Shawne Williams (43) defends during the first half at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Rasual Butler joked yesterday that he would get revenge against the Heat for the poster James Ennis put him on in the season opening loss in Miami.

Not only did Butler get revenge with an emphatic poster on Chris Bosh, but the Wizards as a unit got revenge against the Heat as they improved to 11-5 and 7-2 at home with a 107-86 win Monday night.

It was a complete game for Washington.

Butler led the way 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field, while John Wall had his most complete game of the season posted his ninth double-double of the year with 18 points, 13 assists, five rebounds, two steals and a block.

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And although Bradley Beal and Paul Pierce combined for just 12 points – Beal was in foul trouble early and often – the rest of the team picked it up, including the big men filling in for the injured Nene.

Marcin Gortat posted another double-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks, Kris Humphries scored eight points and grabbed five boards, while Drew Gooden III added 10 points (two 3’s) and Kevin Seraphin contributed six points and eight rebounds.

Andre Miller even took the Heat to school, as the Professor hit a behind-the-back move before driving, faking a pass on Chris Bosh and finishing the lay-up with his left hand.

As a group, Washington was on fire all night offensively. The Wizards hit 54 percent of their shots and 53 percent of their three pointers.

The defense was just as good, as the Heat made just two of their 22 three point attempts and made 46 percent of their field goal attempts. Only three players scored in double figures for Miami, as Bosh posted 21 and Dwayne Wade added 20. Mario Chalmers hit double figures late and finished the game with 11 points.

But the Wizards controlled the entire game and held a 21-point lead midway through the third quarter.

Washington out-rebounded Miami 42-33 and had 17 more assists (29 to 12).

The Wizards have now won two straight after dropping their first three games without Nene. The team will remain in Washington for the next two games, welcoming the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday before hosting the Boston Celtics on Friday.