Heat runs losing streak to 3 games
The two-time defending champion Miami Heat lost 114-97 at the Washington Wizards.
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Raise your hand if you had Greg Oden as the Miami Heat MVP. Or if you had any inkling the Washington Wizards were capable of taking a 34-point lead against the two-time defending champs.
Or if you thought LeBron James and Co. would follow a White House visit by dropping their third straight against the heart of the middling Eastern Conference.
Oden played his first game in more than four years Wednesday night, and that might have been the only positive for the Heat. He played all of 8 minutes, 24 seconds and made a pair of dunks to help start a rally that had loads of promise — until it fell flat in the fourth quarter of a 114-97 loss to the Wizards.
“They came here, whatever. Went to the White House, whatever,” Wizards forward Nene said. “We just came here to play.”
John Wall scored 25 points, and Bradley Beal and Nene had 19 apiece to lead seven players in double figures for the Wizards, who had their lead cut to nine before closing with a 17-9 run.
• J.J. Redick scored a career-high 33 points and the host Los Angeles Clippers rallied from 17 points down with 4½ minutes left to beat the Dallas Mavericks 129-127. Jamal Crawford from Rainier Beach High School scored 16 points for L.A., including two free throws that gave the Clippers the lead with 11 seconds to go.
• Former Husky Nate Robinson scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, J.J. Hickson grabbed a season-high 24 rebounds and the streaky Denver Nuggets outlasted the host Golden State Warriors 123-116. Former Cougar Klay Thompson scored 21 points for the Warriors.
• LaMarcus Aldridge had 32 points and 18 rebounds, scoring nine straight points that pulled host Portland in front in the final four minutes, and the Trail Blazers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-96. Damian Lillard added 28 points for the Blazers, who won their third straight.
• Rudy Gay had 33 points, five rebounds and six assists, and former Husky Isaiah Thomas had 26 points and seven assists to lead the Sacramento Kings over the host Minnesota Timberwolves 111-108.
• Jared Sullinger scored 25 points and grabbed a career-best 20 rebounds, Avery Bradley from Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma had 20 points and the host Boston Celtics held on to snap a nine-game losing streak with an 88-83 victory over the Toronto Raptors.
• Former Husky Spencer Hawes had 17 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists as the host Philadelphia 76ers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 95-92.
• The Golden State Warriors acquired point guard Jordan Crawford and reserve MarShon Brooks from the Boston Celtics and sent guard Toney Douglas to the Miami Heat in a three-team trade. The Heat sent seldom-used center Joel Anthony, two draft picks and cash considerations to the Celtics.