NBA Recap: Miami Heat 99, Wizards 90 [Slideshow]

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  • Back on Track
    The Miami Heat used a 31-23 1st quarter and a 27-16 4th quarter to beat the Wizards, which was limited to 40.4% FG shooting for the game
  • Clinched Playoff Spot
    Not that it means anything for the defending champions but the Miami Heat clinched a playoff spot with the victory. More importantly, Miami (44-17) is just now one game behind Indiana (46-17) for the East's top spot.
  • Return to Efficiency
    LeBron James only had 23 points but only missed 5 of 15 shots from the field. He also added 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals.
  • No Flop
    The Heat were outrebounded by the Wizards, 50-33 but produced more steals (8-3), blocked shots (8-2) and had less turnovers (10-18).
  • Rounding Out to Form
    D-Wade looked the D-Wade of old late in this game and finished with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
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The Miami Heat wanted to avoid a four-game losing skid-- their longest of the season when they faced the Washington Wizards.

Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James did just enough and hacked out a 99-90 victory to clinch the playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Heat are now just 2 games back off the Indiana Pacers for the top spot in the conference.

Bradley Beal top-scored for Washington with 18 points, Martell Webster had 17 and Marcin Gortat finished with 14 points and 18 boards for the Wizards, who had won eight of their last nine games before this loss.

View the slideshow for more stats and facts of the Wizards-Heat match-up on Tuesday.

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