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While LeBron James and Dwyane Wade chilled at the end of the bench — and with Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem also out of the lineup — the Miami Heat’s B-squad set a franchise record for 3-point attempts, broke the franchise record for victories in a season and clinched home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
“Most definitely we would be a playoff team,” said Rashard Lewis, who scored 17 points in Wednesday’s 103-98 win. “Probably not a top-three team, but I think anywhere from there we’d be fighting for a playoff spot, just because we’ve got a lot of veterans on the team, a lot of smart guys on the team that know how to play the game.”
“Then he woke up, right?” Webster said. “Honestly, no. We should have blown that team out, to tell you the truth.”
The Heat committed a season-high 25 turnovers and chucked up the ball AAU-style, shooting 41 3-pointers and making 17. Still, that was enough to get the win that assures they’ll finish better than the Western Conference-leading San Antonio Spurs.
The Heat, who have won four straight, also reached 62 wins for the first time, moving one ahead of the 1996-97 team.
“It does mean something to us in that locker room,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We haven’t been here before as a franchise. It’s a minor thing. We want to keep the main thing, the main thing. But at the same time it is a nice accomplishment.
“The home court, we have it. But we don’t want to be afraid of it.”
“You can’t be afraid of success,” Spoelstra said. “We’ve had a target on our back all year, and in the playoffs, that’s the way it should be. … They had to earn that home court, and so they’ll have to prove it when they get there.”
Ray Allen scored 23 points, leading five Heat players in double figures. A.J. Price tied a career high with 23 points, and John Wall had 17 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who had won nine straight at home.
James (right hamstring) and Wade (sprained ankle and bruised knee) watched the game looking like two guys sitting at a bus stop, Bosh stayed home and missed a third straight game with flu-like symptoms, and Haslem got the night off because of a sore right ankle.
“Not a setback,” Spoelstra said. “Want to make sure he feels right. He was a little bit tight yesterday after the game.”
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