Wizards Coach Wanted ‘Statement Game’
Roughly four minutes into their game against the defending champion Miami Heat, the Washington Wizards had to feel as if they were second-class — or lower — residents in their own building.
By the end of the night, however, the Wizards had flipped the script, knocking off the Heat by keeping their composure in the crucial moments and recording a stunning 105-101 victory.
“I told the guys, the only people that really think you have a chance is us here, right in this locker room,” Coach Randy Wittman said. “I said we needed to have a statement game. What better opportunity to come and play in front of the fans that we knew were going to be here and to beat this team? And they took it to heart.”
The Wizards (2-13) never trailed after the first quarter and set season-highs in assists (31), field goal percentage (48.1), points in regulation.