The Rundown: Wizards overcome Lowry's triple-double, trip Heat in OT

Published November 19, 2022, 2:00 PMJC Ansis

The Wizards' trio of Bradley Beal, Kyle Kuzma, and Kristaps Porzingis was too much for the shorthanded Heat.


Wizards 107, Heat 106 OT
Sixers 110, Bucks 102
Magic 108, Bulls 107
Grizzlies 121, Thunder 110
Pacers 99, Rockets 91
Cavaliers 132, Hornets 122 2OT
Mavericks 127, Nuggets 99
Celtics 117, Pelicans 109
Jazz 134, Suns 133
Warriors 111, Knicks 101
Lakers 128, Pistons 121

What went down

The Heat came into the matchup with the Wizards with just seven healthy players. They had several key players sidelined, such as Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro, and Gabe Vincent.

Everyone thought it would be a walk in the park for the Wizards but Miami made it tough for Washington all night long. By halftime, the Heat were surprisingly up by 12 because of Lowry, who looked like he had turned back the clock. At the break, the 36-year-old already had 14-7-9.

The Wizards, though, rallied in the second half and found themselves down three, 104-101, with under 30 seconds remaining in the game. After crossing half-court, Bradley Beal pulled the ball back, like he was going iso, but quickly threw a pass to Kuzma who was waiting in the corner. Kuz fired an open 3 and forced the game to an extra period where the Wizards eventually stole the game.

Beal led the team in scoring with 27, to go along with eight dimes, while Kuzma added 21-8-5. Kristaps Porzingis set the tone for the Wizards on both ends with 20 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, one steal, and two blocks.?

Washington improved to 9-7, good for sixth in the East, while the Heat dropped to 7-9.

It was a fitting win for the Wizards, who at halftime honored their old-school Big 3 of Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, and Antawn Jamison.

Big-time baller

Picking Kyle Lowry for today's big-time baller because it's been a while since we saw these numbers from him. The Heat almost escaped with a win against the Wizards because of vintage Kyle Lowry, who posted a triple-double in the overtime loss.

In 50 minutes, Lowry had 24 points, 15 assists, and two blocks—all season-highs—and also had 10 rebounds. The Heat have been inconsistent and dealing with several injuries to start the season so this kind of performance from Lowry is a welcome sight.

What he said

So far, the Raptors are having a great season. My NBA.com Philippines colleague, Migs Flores, even has them as this week's top team to watch. They're healthy and playing team basketball. Disagree? Listen to Fred VanVleet give a subtle warning to the rest of the Eastern Conference.

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Did someone order some Luka Magic?

Here's Jarrett Allen serving up some magic of his own.