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Heat push past Wizards to reach .500, but no playoffs

Heat push past Wizards to reach .500, but no playoffs

Not a playoff team. But also not losers.

That, ultimately, is the takeaway for a Miami Heat team that fell to 11-30 at midseason and ended at 41-41 with Wednesday night's season-ending 110-102 victory over the Washington Wizards at AmericanAirlines Arena.

No team has ever come from such depths to finish a season at .500 or better.

"Any point during the season," coach Erik Spoelstra said, "you would have thought that would have been good enough to get in the playoffs."

Instead, this is all there is from the group that helped resurrect hope after an offseason that saw franchise mainstay Dwyane Wade depart to the Chicago Bulls.

Ultimately, it...

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