3.31.2011

John Wall ejected in Wizards' loss to Heat

WASHINGTON -- LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat had a surprisingly tough time against the lowly Wizards -- even after No. 1 draft pick John Wall was ejected for a second-quarter scuffle.

James finished with 35 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, Wade had 33 points and nine assists, and Chris Bosh scored 26, helping Miami get past Washington 123-107 Wednesday night and avoid what would have been a second consecutive embarrassing loss.

Washington was left without its best player when Wall and two Miami reserves -- Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Juwan Howard -- were kicked out of the game. Crawford -- like Wall, a rookie -- scored 39 points, 12 more than his previous career high.

The 6-foot-4 Wall moved out to play tight defense on 7-3 center Ilgauskas near the 3-point arc. Wall responded by swinging his right hand at Ilgauskas.

As officials went to intervene, Wizards center JaVale McGee arrived to separate Wall and Ilgauskas and was pushed away by Heat backup forward Howard. Eventually, Wall and Ilgauskas each was assessed a flagrant foul-2 and ejected. Howard was called for a technical foul and ejected for escalation; McGee was called for a technical but allowed to stay in the game.

Ilgauskas had two points in 2 minutes, while Howard was scoreless.

Without Wall, Washington allowed Miami to lead 63-52 at halftime. In that game, Washington's Hilton Armstrong flagrantly fouled Miami's Joel Anthony. Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was in the crowd.

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