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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CT23:00 , December 6, 2019
AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 19,600

Butler, Heat await Beal, Wizards

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Washington Wizards at Miami Heat

  1. The Wizards forced 21 turnovers in their 119-113 win over Philadelphia, one off their season high of 22. Washington has a 6-5 record this season when forcing at least 15 turnovers, compared to a 1-8 record when its opponent commits fewer than 15 turnovers.
  2. Miami had its three-game win streak with a 112-93 loss at Boston on Wednesday. The Heat and the Celtics are the only two teams in the NBA without a single loss at home this season. With an 8-0 record at home this season, Miami has tied its longest home-win streak to begin a season (also 2012-13).
  3. Davis Bertans has made 73 three-pointers this season, the most by any player in his first 20 games with a team in NBA history. Over his last 10 games, Bertans is shooting 48.4 percent (45-for-93) from beyond the arc with multiple threes made in each game.
  4. Jimmy Butler scored a season-high 37 points in the Heat's loss at Boston. Butler also had four assists in that game; in games Butler has played, the Heat are 10-0 when he records at least five assists, compared to 3-4 when records fewer than five.
  5. Kendrick Nunn has scored fewer than 10 points in four of his last seven games, after failing to reach double figures just once in his first 14 career NBA games. Nunn's average of 15.3 points per game ranks third among rookies this season behind Ja Morant (18.6) and Eric Paschall (17.3).
  6. Since the 2016-17 season, the Heat are 9-3 against the Wizards, their second-best record against any Eastern Conference opponent over that time (vs. Cavs -- 10-3). Miami's average of 109.9 points per game against Washington since 2016-17 is the team's highest against any team from the East.

Miami Heat point forward Justise Winslow is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the visiting Washington Wizards.

Winslow, a versatile standout who is averaging 12.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game, played 31 minutes in Miami's 112-93 loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday but is fighting a lower back strain.

His primary backup, point guard Goran Dragic, is out Friday and will miss his third straight game due to a groin injury. He is second on the team in scoring (15.9) and assists (5.0).

Miami has also gotten nothing this season out of guard Dion Waiters (two suspensions) and little from forward James Johnson (conditioning issues).

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was also missing on Wednesday as his wife, Nikki, delivered their second child, Dante Nicholas Spoelstra.

Dan Craig, 37, ran the Heat during the loss to Boston.

"It's a big adjustment," Craig said of his temporary role. "I'm just trying to juggle all the dynamics."

Miami is rolling at 15-6, tied for third place in the Eastern Conference. The Heat are 8-0 at home, joining the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers as the only teams undefeated so far this season in their own arenas.

Things have not been as good for the Wizards, who are 7-13 overall and 3-8 on the road.

The Wizards knocked off the 76ers on Thursday night, 119-113, forcing 21 turnovers and converting them into 30 points.

David Bertans, Washington's stretch four, scored 19 of his season-high 25 points in the second quarter. In that pivotal second period, Bertans scored 12 straight Washington points, keying a 16-2 run.

"It was a kind of a punch in the face for (the 76ers)," Bertans said of his hot shooting. That included 8-for-8 from the floor and 6-for-6 on 3-pointers in the first half.

The Wizards also got 27 points from rookie forward Rui Hachimura and 26 points and 10 rebounds from star shooting guard Bradley Beal.

That was enough to snap Washington's three-game losing streak and provide a ray of sunshine in a season full of dark injury clouds. All-Star point guard John Wall will not play this season following Achilles tendon surgery. His replacement, explosive guard Isaiah Thomas, was a late scratch on Thursday due to a calf injury.

The Wizards are also without starting center Thomas Bryant (right foot), shooting guard Jordan McRae (right-hand surgery) and wing C.J. Miles (surgery on left wrist).

There was good news for the Wizards on the injury front Thursday. Ian Mahinmi (right Achilles) made his season debut against the76ers and posted seven points and five rebounds. Moritz Wagner (left ankle) had five points and 11 rebounds after missing two games.

Beal leads Washington in points (28.6 per game) and assists (7.0 per game). Bryant leads the Wizards in rebounds (8.5).

Center Bam Adebayo leads Miami in rebounds (10.2) and blocks (1.4). Wing Jimmy Butler leads Miami in scoring (20.1), assists (6.5) and steals (2.4). Butler's matchup with Beal is the most high-profile duel of this game.

Butler had a triple-double on Tuesday at the Toronto Raptors, posting 22 points, 13rebounds and 12 assists.

"When it's closing time," Spoelstra said, "Jimmy makes whatever play is needed."

--Field Level Media

Updated December 6, 2019

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