Wizards Send Heat to Third Straight Loss
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- The Washington Wizards scored 48 points in the first quarter en route to a 114-97 home win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. It was the third straight loss for the defending champs who trailed by as many as 34 in the contest.
Washington (18-19) took the lead thanks to a 20-0 scoring run in the first quarter while forcing six Miami turnovers in the period. LeBron James had three of those giveaways, contributing to the early deficit. The Heat (27-11) would find their way back into the ballgame, eventually cutting the lead down to nine in the fourth quarter. Greg Oden, playing in his first game since 2009, had two dunks that sparked a late rally, but the Wizards outscored Miami 17-9 over the final five and a half minutes.
James ended the contest with 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists while teammate Chris Bosh poured in a game-high 26 points in a losing effort. Seven different Washington players scored in double-figures, led by John Wall's 25 points and nine assists. Trevor Booker recording a double-double by scoring 19 points to go along with 11 rebounds for the Wizards.
Miami had not lost three straight regular season games since Jan. 10-12, 2012. The Heat look to snap the skid on Friday when they travel to Philadelphia.
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