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Heat suffocate Wizards on defense, hold on late behind Whiteside, JJ in 91-88 ...

Less than two weeks after letting a 25-point second half lead slip away before hanging on to beat the Clippers, the Heat did it again Friday night against the Wizards – and once again managed to hold on for the victory.

Behind 22 points and 16 rebounds from Hassan Whiteside and 20 points, five rebounds and four assists from James Johnson, Miami beat the Wizards 91-88 at Capital One Arena – but not after Washington rallied from 25 down late in the first half and shrunk the Heat lead down to 89-88 with 11.3 seconds to play.

After Johnson hit a free throw with 6.5 seconds left to increase the Heat’s lead to 90-88, Bradley Beal missed a short jump shot and Justise Winslow grabbed the rebound with 0.2 seconds left, sealing the win for Miami (7-8).

This time, however, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra countered by bringing Johnson off the bench quickly to guard him, giving Justise Winslow the hook only 76 seconds into the game.

The Heat, who return home to host the Pacers Sunday afternoon and the Celtics on Wednesday, won't see Washington again until March 6.

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