The Miami Heat hit the boards from the start and pulled away at the end.
Chastened by a rare home defeat, Miami had a rebounding advantage for a change Sunday and scored the final 21 points to beat the woeful Washington Wizards 99-71.
The Heat were coming off only their third home loss of the season Friday against Chicago. They allowed the Bulls 20 second-chance points, but Washington totaled just four.
Miami, beaten on the boards by a total of 38 rebounds over the previous three games, this time enjoyed a 50-39 advantage. Udonis Haslem had 12 rebounds and Chris Bosh added nine.
''There were some better in-traffic battles, guys going up and trying to get it with two hands, guys getting up off the ground,'' coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''That disposition to rebound was better. It's an effort thing.''
The game matched the teams with the best and worst records in the Eastern Conference, and in the late going it looked like it. Miami scored the fin...