Miami Sports Day

NBA: Visiting Washington Wizards Outlast Heat 116-110

The Miami Heat fell to the Washington Wizards 116-110 Saturday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Josh Richardson led the way for the Heat with 24 points.

If you’ve followed this season enough, you should know that this is shaping up to be a career year for Rodney McGruder.

And well, it’s time to add Saturday night to his list of notable performances.

While the 27-year-old had a solid first half, he really got hot in the third quarter and scored 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the period, including this finish in transition thanks to an impressive adjustment midair:

When it was all said and done, McGruder amassed a career-high 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-6 from deep, two boards and two assists.

While nothing will really jump out from Richardson’s outing against Washington, he did a lot of good things off the bounce, showed a lot of fight down the stretch and led Miami with 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting in the fourth.

Naturally, one of his better plays of the game came during the final period on this assertive baseline drive:

In addition to his team-high 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting, Richardson also had five assists and three rebounds

Wayne Ellington did his usual damage from deep and knocked down a game-high four treys on the night, but he also came through with this steal and crafty wrap-around pass to Tyler Johnson late in the first quarter:

Ellington finished with 16 points, four rebounds and two assists to go along with that steal above.

Hassan Whiteside fought hard until the very end and continued to rack up blocks with relative ease. In fact, the big fella tallied a game-high four blocks, including these two quick ones on Dwight Howard early in the third quarter:

Whiteside ended up with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, a team-high 14 rebounds and three assists to go along with his aforementioned four blocks.

The Heat will wrap up their homestand Monday at 7:30PM against the 76ers on Military Appreciation Night. .

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