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Wizards nearly blow 35-point lead before holding off short-handed Heat 99-97

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WASHINGTON — Nene scored 20 points, Marcin Gorat added 14 points and 17 rebounds and the Washington Wizards blew all but one point of a 35-point lead before holding off the short-handed Miami Heat 99-97 on Friday night.

Miami had a chance to take its first lead, but Henry Walker's corner 3 rimmed out with 5.9 seconds left and Nene snared the rebound.

Bradley Beal made one of two free throws with 1.6 seconds left. Miami inbounded after a timeout, but time expired before Michael Beasley's jumper — which fell short — left his hands

Beal added 17 points for the Wizards, 2-7 in their last nine games.

Miami played without starters Dwyane Wade (sore right hip) and Luol Deng (right thigh contusion). Goran Dragic had 18 points, but left the game after a hard fall late in the third quarter.

Shabazz Napier added 16 for Miami, and Beasley had 13 — all in the fourth quarter.

Washington led 83-48 midway through the third quarter, but Miami cut it to 88-73 after three. Dragic scored 12 points in the quarter.

PHOTO: Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7), from Slovenia, drives against Washington Wizards forward Nene (42), from Brazil, with forward Paul Pierce (34), center Marcin Gortat (4), from Poland, and guard John Wall (2) nearby, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7), from Slovenia, drives against Washington Wizards forward Nene (42), from Brazil, with forward Paul Pierce (34), center Marcin Gortat (4), from Poland, and guard John Wall (2) nearby, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Beasley's driving layup made it 98-95 with 1:47 left, and Tyler Johnson's tip-in pulled Miami to 98-97 at the 1:08 mark.

Miami got to within 17 early in the second, but the Wizards soon extended the lead back above 20, and Beal's jumper made it 67-39 at intermission.

Gortat's driving dunk off a between-the-legs pass from John Wall gave the Wizards their 83-48 lead with 7:10 left in the third quarter.

TIP-INS

Heat: Lost the season series with Washington 3-1. ... Are 5-21 when trailing after the first quarter. ... Miami has used 24 lineup combinations this season, the second-most for a single season in team history (30 in 2007-08). ... Hassan Whiteside picked up his eighth technical foul of the season. ... Miami picked up a team technical in the fourth for having too many players on the court.

Wizards: Set season highs for points in a quarter (40) and in the first half (67). ... Gortat has 10 or more rebounds in his last seven games. ... Forward Kris Humphries missed his fourth consecutive game with a strained left groin.

UP NEXT:

Heat: At home against Sacramento on Saturday night.

Wizards: At Milwaukee on Saturday night.

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PHOTO: Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce (34) reacts after his basket in front of Miami Heat guard Henry Walker (5), center Hassan Whiteside (21) and guard Tyler Johnson (8) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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