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                 === Wizards jump on Heat early, win by 17 ===
 Washington,  DC (  - LeBron James had the ball poked away by
 Garrett Temple and Ray Allen wrapped up Bradley Beal to stop a fast break.
 The  Washington Wizards already  led the Miami Heat by 30 points and it wasn't
 even halftime.
 How strange did it get Wednesday night at Verizon Center? The Wizards called a
 timeout  before  Beal took his  foul shots and Greg  Oden, who hadn't played a
 regular  season game in over four years, checked in for the team that had just
 celebrated its second straight NBA title with the president.
 John  Wall  had 25 points and  nine assists, Beal  and Nene both scored 19 and
 Washington  beat Miami 114-97 after leading by as many as 34, handing the Heat
 their first three-game losing streak in the regular season in two years.
 The  Heat rallied  within nine points in the second half but couldn't overcome
 the  early surge. They had been off for four days since their previous game, a
 double-overtime  loss to  Brooklyn on Friday, and spent the last of those days
 with President Obama at the White House on Tuesday.
 The  roster was different. Miami dealt center Joel Anthony and two draft picks
 to  Boston  on Wednesday and  acquired guard  Toney Douglas from Golden State,
 part  of a  three-team trade Heat president  Pat Riley said, on their end, was
 meant  to give  the team flexibility for the upcoming trade deadline, trimming
 millions in salary and luxury tax from the books.
 Mario  Chalmers (Achilles) and Chris Andersen (body soreness) were out for the
 Heat but Shane Battier returned after missing five games with a sore quad.
 Oden, the former No. 1 pick Miami signed in August, dressed for the first time
 in  the regular season  since Dec. 5, 2009, for Portland, which drafted him in
 2007  only to see the 7-footer play 82 total games because of bad knees before
 cutting him five years later.
 Oden got a rebound, then a dunk on his first trip down the court. Later, after
 Dwyane  Wade and James hooked up on one of those long alley-oops that go viral
 in minutes, James saw Oden in the lane and passed to him for another dunk.
 "It  feels very good, but I wish we could've won," Oden said. "That's the most
 important thing."
 Oden  had six points  in 8 1/2 minutes, Chris Bosh led the Heat with 26 points
 and James scored 25.
 The  Wizards, now 18-19,  shot better than 77 percent in the first quarter and
 scored  20 straight  points during one five-minute stretch. That was part of a
 29-6  run spanning the first two quarters that gave Washington a 27-point lead
 early in the second.
 Trevor  Ariza  knocked down a 3-pointer  from the right corner for Washington,
 Marcin Gortat blocked Norris Cole at the other end, and Trevor Booker followed
 with  a layup in a  series near the end of the run that was typical of how the
 first quarter went.
 "That  first  quarter from a  defensive standpoint and an offensive standpoint
 was  really good to watch. That was really good to watch," Wizards coach Randy
 Wittman said, struggling to find the right words to express his pleasure.
 "That was fun to see as a coach, to see those guys play that way."
 The  Wizards  forced six Miami  turnovers in the quarter,  all in the first 10
 minutes,  and scored 10 points off them. Miami cut a 34-point deficit to 21 at
 halftime  and  got as close  as nine four  times, including midway through the
 fourth quarter.
 Washington  followed  with an 8-0  spurt capped by Martell Webster's alley-oop
 dunk from Wall to fight off the comeback attempt.
 Gortat  said even a 34-point lead isn't comfortable enough against a team like
 the Heat.
 "That's  a  championship team," he  said. "They're  capable of coming back and
 that's what they did."
 The  Heat  hadn't lost  three in  a row  during the  regular season since Jan.
 10-13,  2012. They  fell to  0-3 on  a six-game  road trip  that continues  in
 Philadelphia on Friday.
 The  Wizards --  beginning a five-game homestand -- snapped a four-game losing
 streak  against Miami  and a four-game slide in their building, where they had
 lost seven of their last eight.
                                   Game Notes
 Chalmers  missed his  fourth straight game ... Miami lost three straight games
 to  the  Celtics in  the 2012  Eastern Conference  Finals ... Washington hosts
 Chicago on Friday.
 01/15 22:56:58 ET