John Wall had 25 points, six Washington Wizards players scored in double figures and Randy Wittman's ballclub stunned the Miami Heat, 114-97, on Wednesday night, sending the Heat to their third straight loss for the first time since Jan. 2011.
The Wizards came flying out of the gates in this one, taking a 43-18 lead after one quarter of play. They hit their first six three-point tries and had the Miami defense on its heels from the get-go.
Washington continued to pour it on in the second quarter, going up by as much as 34.
Of course, the Heat would rally, trimming the deficit to 21 at halftime and then coming back to cut the lead to nine in the third quarter when the Wizards turned the ball over on nine of their final 11 possessions in the period.
Washington responded very well in the fourth, as it took better care of the ball and bumped the lead back up to 13 early. By that point, Miami was clearly gassed from the comeback attempt, and the Heat had virtually nothing left.
Greg Oden got his first action since Dec. 2009 in this game, scoring six points in eight minutes.
The loss by Miami also ended a 22-game winning streak against the Southeast Division.