Updated: December 5, 2012, 12:50 AM ET
LeBron James 12-24 FG | 1-3 FT | 12 REB | 11 AST | 26 PTS | -3

He's human. The triple-double will be overshadowed by a pair of missed free throws and a pair of missed 3-pointers in the final three minutes. James' activity shifted into overdrive in the second half, spiking Wizards shots in transition and feeding teammates at every turn. For once, a LeBron-to-Ray Allen 3 wasn't the answer.

Dwyane Wade 9-19 FG | 6-7 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 24 PTS | -6

Coming off his best game of the season, the coals were still hot. Wade found pockets in the Wizards' defense and finished passes from James with a flourish. Wade's scoring touch has returned, but the defensive woes continue. Energy conservation might be to blame, but there has to be a successful balance for the Heat.

Chris Bosh 8-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 12 REB | 4 AST | 20 PTS | -4

It was a one-way performance from Bosh. On one end, he was stroking 3-pointers and dunking putbacks. But defensively, he provided little rim protection and couldn't rescue the porous perimeter defenders. Because he's the center in a struggling defense, he'll get blamed for the woes, but it's not all him.


Letting the league's worst offense score triple-digits is a wake-up call. Maybe this is Erik Spoelstra's blessing in disguise. With a 12-3 record heading into the game, there just wasn't a carrot dangling in front of the Heat to improve their defense. Perhaps this will do the trick. The perimeter defenders look like matadors and the paint protectors have no choice but to foul.

Washington Wizards

Might be the win of the season for the Wizards. With the Knicks on tap for the Heat, this had all the makings of a trap game, and the Wizards came out with upset on their minds. Though the Heat defense had more holes than a pasta colander, the Wizards made the most of their opportunities. Kevin Seraphin and Jordan Crawford can share the game ball.

Grades by Tom Haberstroh


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