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Heat shut down Wizards, win 102-72

The Miami Heat jumped out to early lead and never looked back, beating the Washington Wizards 102-72 Saturday night.

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The Miami Heat jumped in front of the Washington Wizards and never looked back Saturday night, winning 102-72. Miami's defense was locked in from the start of the game, holding Washington to 14 points in the first quarter and 37 percent shooting for the entire game. The defense also manifested itself in the form of 21 Washington turnovers.

LeBron James led the Heat with 23 points and 10 rebounds as four of Miami's starters scored in double figures, including Udonis Haslem, who started in place of Shane Battier. The win moved the Heat to 15-6 overall and 4-3 in December, after they lost just three games the entire month of November.

Rookie Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 19 points on 18 shot attempts. Cartier Martin came off the bench to score 18 for the Wizards, who fell to 3-18 on the season and just 1-10 on the road. The Heat next play Tuesday, when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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