Hassan Whiteside: Whiteside scores 30 points in crucial win

The Miami Heat haven't clinched a playoff berth, but they've kept those hopes alive. The start was Oubre's third of the season.

Miami and Washington have been arguably the top teams in the second half of the season, so this should be a good battle, but I like the Heat to play this like a playoff game and get the cover, if not the win as well.

The Heat matched the Chicago Bulls' 39-41 record although they sit just below the cutline. The Bulls own the head-to-head tiebreaker by virtue of winning the season series 2-1. That the final two games have meaning - an uncertainty after Friday's 96-94 loss at Toronto - had Spoelstra waxing poetic. "These guys really care about each other and really want to play well for each other". "You can't pay enough money to feel like that". He actually was able to do that a few times against the Heat last night, but that was the exception, not the rule.

"We're stubborn. We just play hard". Above everything they feel alive.

The Heat, who have won all three games played against their division rival Wizards so far this season, will play Washington one more time at home on Wednesday in the regular-season finale for both teams. The Wizards can't fall below the fourth spot in the East. We've won a lot of close games because we have that, but tonight wasn't one of our better executed end of games.

The lead changed sides repeatedly in the final minutes. After a timeout, Miami cleared out for Johnson, who dribbled from the backcourt all the way for an easy basket. "I've never seen no one defend John Wall like that, Bradley Beal like that".

Wizards - Sheldon McClellan, Otto Porter Jr. That became set in stone with the Toronto Raptors' win over the New York Knicks on Sunday afternoon.

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Richardson's work against Wall and Beal, who committed 13 turnovers, did not go unnoticed. He said, 'We need a Hassan Whiteside stop, so we need a stop right here, man. While he only scored 10 points, he had five steals and hounded Wall all night long, forcing the All-Star point guard into 5-18 shooting and 10 turnovers.

After missing his first four shots, Goran Dragic finished with 18 points, and Tyler Johnson scored 19 with four 3-pointers. He went 5/6 in the fourth quarter to keep the Wizards in the game. Luke Babbitt missed his third consecutive game with a strained right hip flexor and Dion Waiters his 11th in a row with a sprained left ankle. Markelle Fultz, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, attended the game. Washington is averaging 109.4 points per game on offense this season while giving up 107.4 on defense. Miami hosts Cleveland on Monday. With 48 wins and only a handful of games left for the regular season, the Wizards still have a little more work to do if they want to reach 50 wins.

Kelly Oubre looked both crestfallen and forlorn after last night's game.

The Wizards saw their win streak end at two.

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