NBA Game Summary - Miami at Washington|
(Wednesday, January 15th)
Final Score: Washington 114, Miami 97
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - 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
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
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
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
"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.
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 22:56:39 ET