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LeBron James struggles during Miami Heat’s road trip

 
 
Miami Heat forward LeBron James reacts to the crowd as he walks to the Heat bench during a time out in the second half of their NBA game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center in Chicago on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Miami Heat forward LeBron James reacts to the crowd as he walks to the Heat bench during a time out in the second half of their NBA game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center in Chicago on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
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Monday: Wizards at Heat

When/Where: 7:30 p.m., AmericanAirlines Arena

TV/Radio: Sun Sports; WAXY 790 AM, 104.3 AM, and WAQI 710-AM (Spanish).

Series: Heat leads 71-32.

Scouting report: The Wizards have won eight of their last nine games. During that run, Washington is averaging 110.8 points per game and shooting 49.7 percent from the field. During that run, point guard John Wall is averaging 19.2 points and 10.8 assists per game. As a team, the Wizards have averaged 21.2 points off turnovers since Feb.19 while also scoring an average of 15.9 fast-break points per game. Dwyane Wade (rest) is doubtful for Monday’s game.


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The Heat’s 95-88 loss to the Bulls on Sunday capped an abysmal stretch of outside and midrange shooting for LeBron James during the Heat’s three-game road trip.

Beginning with the Heat’s loss to the Rockets on Tuesday, James went 3 of 29 on shots outside the restricted area, according to statistics at NBA.com.

At one point in the third quarter Sunday against the Bulls, James had gone 1 of 22 on total shots outside the paint during the road trip.

James went 8 of 23 from the field Sunday, marking the first time he has shot under 40 percent from the field in back-to-back games this season.

“I got to make some shots,” James said. “I was in the gym practicing shooting [Saturday], and we got another game [Monday]. That’s the best thing about this league. I can try to redeem myself [Monday] night and try to put together some rhythm after being in rhythm for a long time.

“But I’m not too worried about it.”

Block party

The numbers weren’t all bad for the Heat against the Bulls. Chris Andersen had season highs in minutes (33), rebounds (13) and blocks (six).

“That’s what I do,” Andersen said. “I block shots. That’s why I’m here.”

Andersen had 11 blocked shots during the three-game trip. He began the stretch with five blocks against the Rockets.

Returning home

There is no rest for the weary as the Heat plays the Wizards on Monday. That means the Heat’s road trip began with a home-away back-to-back and it will end with a road-home back-to-back.

“We got to win it,” James said. “We’ve got to lock in and not forget about this road trip, because there are a lot of things we’ve got to do better, obviously, against this top competition, which we may see in the playoffs, but we’ve got to understand that we’ve got another opponent [Monday] night.”

This and that

•  Shane Battier didn’t last long against Joakim Noah to begin the game. Battier picked up two fouls in the first three minutes of the first quarter and was replaced on the court by Andersen. Battier finished without any points and went 0 of 2 from the field in less than 10 minutes of action.

• Reserve DeAndre Liggins signed his second 10-day contract with the Heat on Saturday and was then assigned to the team’s D-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Skyforce. The Skyforce had an away game against the Canton Charge on Sunday. Liggins played with the Skyforce before signing with the Heat. The Heat announced Liggins would rejoin the team in Miami on Monday.

• James played without his protective mask.

• James said he paid for the private jet to attend Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ jersey-retirement ceremony.

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