Before the game, coach Eddie Jordan said of his Washington Wizards: "We don't have rhythm, we don't have harmony, we're trying to incorporate chemistry."
The visiting Miami Heat seems to have the makings of all three, even though it started two rookies.
The Heat beat the Wizards last night for the second time in five days. Dwyane Wade scored 19 points, leading six players in double figures in a 94-87 victory.
"We would love to have a game like this where everybody is in double figures all across the board," said Wade, who also had 10 assists, six rebounds and five turnovers. "That means a great team. That's kind of how the Lakers are, they're a great team and all the guys are solid across the board so Kobe [Bryant] doesn't have to do that much this year. That's what we want to do."
OK, it might be a bit early to mention the Heat next to the Lakers - Miami is only a game above .500 - but it might soon be time to start comparing this year's Wizards to last year's Heat. Washington is 1-7, its worst start since 1999, and Jordan said afterward that only so much could be expected from a team relying heavily on youth because of long-term injuries. "This team is built a certain way, fellows," Jordan said. "This team is built for Gilbert Arenas to lead us. This team is built for our All-Star forwards to carry the wings for us, and for Brendan Haywood to have a career year manning the middle for us. We don't have those things."
"We played hard tonight, but we just didn't get the job done," Jamison said.
Magic 103, Raptors 90:: Jameer Nelson scored a season-high 22 points to lead Orlando, overcoming a season-high 40-point effort by Chris Bosh. Bosh also had 18 rebounds, but visiting Toronto had 24 turnovers.
Off the court
Cavaliers:: Though his free agency is still two years away, All-Star forward James said he won't hesitate to leave Cleveland. "I think you do what is best for you and you do what is best for your career," James said. "...I go out and I play hard, and that's loyalty." James has two years left on a five-year contract extension he signed in 2006.