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Heat vs. Wizards final score: Miami eases past Washington, 99-71

The Heat got back on the right track after a recent rough stretch, pulling away to crush the Wizards.

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The Miami Heat got back in the win column on Sunday night, taking care of business against the Washington Wizards, 99-71. The Heat had previously lost on Friday night to the Chicago Bulls and had dropped three of their past five games. Miami held Washington to under 36% shooting from the floor, and outrebounded the Wizards 50-39. The win pushes the Heat a half game past the New York Knicks for first place in the Eastern Conference.

LeBron James led all scorers with 24 points and seven assists, and Ray Allen had 20 points while shooting 3-4 from three point range. Chris Bosh chipped in with 17 points and nine rebounds, and Udonis Haslem did the dirty work, ending up with 12 rebounds.

Kevin Seraphin led the Wizards with 14 points, but shot only 6-15 from the floor. Cartier Martin had 13 points, and Martell Webster finished with 10.

The Heat have Monday off and will travel to Indianapolis on Tuesday to take on the Indiana Pacers.

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