LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat put on a show at Sprint Center but lose to the Washington Wizards

The best basketball player on the planet was in Kansas City Wednesday night. For nearly 30 minutes, LeBron James put on a show during the Miami Heat’s preseason exhibition game against the Washington Wizards at the Sprint Center.

The Heat blew a 14-point halftime lead, letting the Wizards hang around in the third quarter before finally losing the lead in the fourth and, eventually, the game to a John Wall-less Wizards team.

Washington’s anonymous bench mob of Martell Webster, Chris Singleton and Jannero Pargo toppled Miami’s three kings. Webster scored 23 points in 23 minutes. Singleton threw down a few hammer jams on his way to 17 points. And Pargo dropped three 3-pointers on the way to 11 points and six assists.

But the 16,143 people inside Sprint didn’t come to see the Wizards. They came to see the Heatles. They gasped when King James slid into a bank of photographers, and oohed and ahhed when James soared for a tip alley oop (assist to former Kansas Jayhawk Mario Chalmers). They roared when Chris Bosh took a sweet touch pass from James and threw down a two-handed monster jam. And they celebrated with every slick cut to the basket by D-Wade, who gave fans the most for their money, playing 33 minutes on his way to a fat stat line of 23 points, seven rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block. Wade’s performance was good enough for player-of-the-game honors.

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