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Kyle Lowry leads an injury-trampled Heat in a Wizards encounter

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Kyle Lowry leads an injury-trampled Heat in a Wizards encounter

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Point guard Kyle Lowry, who played 63 of Miami HeatHe played in 82 games last season and appeared in just 46 drafts for the Toronto Raptors the year before, and he’s suddenly an iron man.

At the age of 36.

With the Heat losing many of their best players at various points over their first 19 games, Lowry logged more minutes in his junior season than any player other than his named Kevin Durant.

Lowry, who has yet to miss a game, is expected to be the guiding force for the Heat again Friday night when they host Washington Wizards.

Miami beat Washington 113-105 on Wednesday. Lowry scored a season-high 28 points in 35 minutes in that game, while going 7-for-12 from the field, which included sinking 5 of 6 3-pointers. He was also a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line.

The Heat played without leading scorer Jimmy Butler (who has a sore right knee), starter Max Stross (right shoulder impingement), and lead backup Duncan Robinson (left ankle sprain).

“We found a way to win,” Lowry said.

Then again, the Wizards were also without their leading scorer, Bradley Bell, due to a quadruple bruise. Starting forward Rui Hachimura (sore right ankle) and starting point guard Monty Morris (ankle) also sat out the game.

The good news for the Heat is that dynamic guard Tyler Hero returned Wednesday with 17 points in 29 minutes.

Herro, who missed eight games with a sprained ankle, wasn’t quite as sharp in his comeback, shooting just 6-for-15 from the floor.

With Butler out, Miami started 19-year-old rookie Nikola Jović.

Jovic played only four of Miami’s first 14 games, coming off the bench in every game. He totaled just nine points in those four competitions.

However, Jovic has started Miami’s past five games, averaging 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds.

Washington has its own rising talent in Denny Avdeja, who is 21 years old and in his third season in the league.

A first-round pick in 2020, Avedja nearly hit a triple-double against Miami on Wednesday with 12 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.

The Wizards got a game-high 33 points in that encounter off Kyle Kuzma, but made only 2 of 13 three-pointers.

“We just didn’t go out and match their physicality,” Kuzma said of the loss to Miami.

For the season, Bell — who missed six games due to various injuries and health and safety protocols — leads the Wizards in points (22.7) and assists per game (5.8). He may be back on Friday.

Kristaps Porzingis ranks second on the team in scoring (20.4 points per game) and first in rebounds (8.8) and blocks per game (1.5). Kuzma is third in goals (19.8 ppg) and second in rebounds (8.1 per game).

If Morris and Hachimura miss Friday’s game, the Wizards are expected to turn again to Jordan Goodwin at center base and Corey Kisbert on offense. Goodwin and Kisbert combined for 16 points, five assists and three rebounds in 64 minutes on Wednesday.

–Field level of arguments

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