- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 16, 2004

Last night at MCI Center:

14 Points Heat guard Dwyane Wade scored in the fourth quarter.

PLAY OF THE GAME

After trailing most of the night, Damon Jones made his fifth 3-pointer of the game with 21.1 seconds left, giving Miami a 95-93 lead. The Wizards wouldn’t score again.

SEEN AND HEARD

The Wizards, who haven’t appeared on national television since Michael Jordan retired Jan. 16, 2003, learned they will do so Jan. 6 on TNT against surprising Seattle. “It’s good for the team; it’s good for the organization,” coach Eddie Jordan said. “It shows that we are doing things right.” Michael Jordan’s played his last game in Philadelphia. The last nationally televised game from MCI Center was on April 2, 2003, against Sacramento (ESPN). The Wizards game next month replaces Memphis vs. Detroit. …

Etan Thomas (abdominal strain) and Steve Blake (strained left arch) will make the trip with the team to the West Coast. Both are eligible to come off the injured list for Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers. …

This was the fourth and final meeting of the season between the Wizards and the Heat. Oddly, there are 13 teams in the league the Wizards haven’t faced this season. The players don’t appear to like this format very much. “[The Heat are] a team that is in our division, and now we’re not going to see them anymore; it doesn’t really make sense,” said Larry Hughes. “We have to worry about other teams beating them rather than seeing them later on down the road when we can make a statement.”

John N. Mitchell

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