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Heat struggle defensively in 123-105 loss to Wizards

Miami falls to 24-9 this season

Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. and guard Tyler Herro battle for the ball next to Washington Wizards forward Johnathan Williams Monday, Dec. 30, 2019.
Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. and guard Tyler Herro battle for the ball next to Washington Wizards forward Johnathan Williams Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON – Jordan McRae scored a season-high 29 points, Garrison Mathews had a career-high 28 and Ian Mahinmi added a career-best 25 as the depleted Washington Wizards beat the Miami Heat 123-105 on Monday night.

With the Wizards minus All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal and five other key members of their rotation, they got huge contributions from an unexpected trio.

McRae, a third-year player, Mathews, in his 11th NBA game, and Mahinmi, a 13-year veteran, enjoyed nights to remember against Miami (24-9), which had its five-game winning streak snapped.

The Heat entered with the second-best record in the East and lost for just the third time in 20 games against conference opponents.

Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 27 points and Duncan Robinson scored 16. Bam Adebayo had 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Mathews, whose previous NBA high was six points, scored 20 in the second quarter. Mahinmi had 19 in the first half as Washington (10-22) took a 71-63 lead at the break and won going away.

TIP-INS

Heat: Allowed a season-high 42 points in the second quarter. ... End the decade with a 488-319 record (.605), best in the Eastern Conference. ... Lost for the first time after five wins against Southeast Division opponents. ... Lost for the first time in 22 games when outrebounding their opponents.

Wizards: Beal sat out for the second consecutive game with soreness in his lower right leg. “Getting better,” coach Scott Brooks said. “Anticipate him practicing (Tuesday), and we’ll see how he feels.” Brooks hopes Beal can return for Wednesday’s game against Orlando. ... C Thomas Bryant missed his 14th straight game with a stress reaction in his right foot. Brooks said Bryant could be back next week. He’ll practice with the G-League Capital City Go-Go in the next few days.

UP NEXT

Heat host the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. Miami is an NBA-best 15-1 at home.

Wizards host the Orlando Magic on Wednnesday in the third of a six-game homestand.