The Wizards held a 34-point lead on the two-time defending champion Miami Heat en route to a 114-97 win. On most nights, nothing could stun onlookers or those involved more. Greg Oden entering an NBA game counts as stunning. The 7-footer, drafted No. 1 overall by the Portland Trail blazers in 2007, not only suited up for the first time this season with the Heat, he played nine minutes. His previous game? December 5, 2009 with the Blazers against the Rockets, including Trevor Ariza. That outing ended early with one of several major knee injuries that have sabotaged his promising career. "That kid's like a little brother to me man," said Martell Webster, who played with Oden in Portland. "I'm very happy and proud of that kid for making his entry back into the NBA." Oden's entry back into the NBA on this particular came about in part because the Heat traded away veteran center Joel Anthony earlier on Wednesday. That left a roster spot open. "I had no idea he was playing actually until he was getting dressed and I saw that he had his knee brace on," Miami star LeBron James said. "I was like, 'oh, you're active?' and he was like 'yeah'." That was very exciting. I didn't know he was going to get the opportunity either. ...I'm happy for him." Before this game, Oden's playing career consistent of 82 games with Portland from 2008-2010. He averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.
Former #1 pick Greg Oden scores his first NBA points since 2009
CSN Washington | Jan 16