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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.

The Heat rallied to within nine points in the second half but lost a third straight game in the regular season for the first time in over two years. They had been off for four days since their previous game, a double-overtime loss to Brooklyn on Friday, spending the last of those days with President Obama at the White House.

01/15 21:31:10 ET