A throwaway 100-87 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers stood as the final measure of the final tune-up before the Miami Heat begins preparations for its first-round opponent, the Charlotte Bobcats.
Miami is coming off its worst regular-season record of this magical four-year run, and the power has shifted to the Western Conference. "We love to be challenged," LeBron James said. "We love to be doubted." Then congratulations, Miami. You got both.
Jayson Werth smacked the game-tying, three-run home run off Jose Fernandez in the seventh, and then the Nationals struck for three runs off Mike Dunn and A.J. Ramos in the eighth to complete a 6-3 come-from-behind victory in front of a paid crowd of 20,178 at Marlins Park.