Wizards still struggling

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."

Antawn Jamison (25) and Caron Butler (21) had 46 of the 59 points scored by the Wizards starters.

"We played hard tonight, but we just didn't get the job done," Jamison said.

Celtics 110, Knicks 101: : Paul Pierce scored 22 for host Boston, playing without Kevin Garnett for the first time this season. Garnett was serving a suspension.

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.

Grizzlies 109, Kings 94:: Rudy Gay (Archbishop Spalding) scored 22 points, helping host Memphis end a four-game losing streak.

Mavericks 100, Bobcats 83: : Dirk Nowitzki scored 32 points, delighting visiting Dallas owner Mark Cuban, on the sideline a day after he was charged with insider trading.

Pacers 113, Hawks 96:: Danny Granger scored 34 points to lead Indiana. Joe Johnson finished with 25 points for visiting Atlanta.


Cavaliers 106, Nets 82: : LeBron James scored 31 points and visiting Cleveland rolled to its eighth straight win. James, 23, became the youngest NBA player to reach the 11,000-point plateau.

Nuggets 114, Bucks 105: : Linas Kleiza scored 25 points and Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic) had 17 for host Denver.

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.