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LeBron erupts for 35; Wall, 2 others ejected

Updated: March 31, 2011 6:57PM



WASHINGTON — Le-Bron 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.

“[I was] disappointed in the way I reacted,” Wall said. “I let my teammates down. I let the organization down.”

The Heat led by as many as 13, but the Wizards managed to make it a one-point game in the fourth quarter, at 91-90 on Jordan Crawford’s three-pointer with 9

1/2 minutes left.

But Wade immediately responded with a three-point play, and Washington never again got closer than two.

Crawford — like Wall, a rookie — scored 39 points, 12 more than his previous career high.

Miami’s trio of stars combined for 94 of its points, helping the Heat squeak by against one of the league’s most worst teams, the 18-56 Wizards.

On Tuesday, the Heat were beaten 102-90 at Cleveland against James’ former team, the NBA-worst Cavaliers.

“I take a loss hard, no matter who it’s against,” James said.

James skipped pregame introductions at Cleveland, but was on the court Wednesday when his name was announced.

Sun-Times wires



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