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Wizards 114, Heat 97

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WASHINGTON - Point guard John Wall paced seven double figure scorers with 25 points as the Washington Wizards opened up a 34-point first half and crushed the Miami Heat 114-97 on Wednesday.

Guard Bradley Beal and forward Nene each had 19 points for the Wizards (18-19), who had lost their last four home games and with a 1-14 record versus teams with winning records this season.

Washington led by double digits much of the game and fended off a furious Miami rally in the second half.

Center Chris Bosh had 26 points and forward LeBron James scored 25 for the Heat (27-11), who have lost three straight games in regular season play for the first time since Jan. 10-13, 2012. Norris Cole added 15 points for the Heat, who never pulled within nine points during the second half.

Heat center Greg Oden played nine minutes and had six points in his first NBA game since December 5, 2009. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, Oden turns 26 on Jan. 22.

The Heat had won 22 straight games versus fellow Southeast division foes. Nine of Miami's 11 losses had come versus opponents with sub .500 records.

Miami shot a paltry 7 of 25 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Forward Trevor Booker had 13 points and 11 rebounds, center Marcin Gortat scored 12 points and forward Martell Webster had 11 for the Wizards, who shot a season-high 54.7 percent from the field.

In the midst of a six-game road trip, Miami had not played since Friday's loss against the Brooklyn Nets. The rust showed.

The Wizards shot 77.3 percent (17 of 22) from the field and led 43-18 after the first quarter thanks to a 25-2 run. The spurt included a 20-0 run on 10 consecutive field goals. Nene scored 13 points in the second and his free throws gave Washington its largest lead at 64-30.

Miami's attempted comeback then began. James scored 13 in the first half including Miami's final seven as the Heat closed the quarter with an 18-5 run, entering halftime down 69-48.

After Washington bumped the margin back to 29 in the third, the Heat outscored the Wizards 26-6 over the final 7:03 of the period with James, Bosh and Cole combining for 23 in that stretch.

Trailing 86-77 entering the fourth, Miami would never pull closer as Wall scored 14 points in the final period.

Oden, who joined the Heat this offseason, entered with 6:03 remaining in the second quarter.

Miami had limited frontcourt options following the three-team trade earlier in the day, which sent veteran center Joel Anthony to the Boston Celtics.

The Heat acquired point Toney Douglas, but he is not yet with the team.

NOTES: The Heat were without C Chris Andersen (knee) and G Mario Chalmers (right Achilles strain), who missed his fourth straight game. ... Wizards F Nene started for the second straight game after coming off the bench for the previous 12 while returning from a foot injury. ... Heat president Pat Riley spoke pregame regarding Wednesday's trade involving C Joel Anthony. "This is very, very, very, very, very, very hard to do. He's part of the family. He helped us win two championships." Wizards F Martell Webster played with Heat C Greg Oden as a member of the Portland Trailblazers in Oden's previous NBA game. Wizards F Trevor Ariza also played that game with the opposing Houston Rockets. ... Miami travels to face the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, the same day Washington hosts the Chicago Bulls.
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