Wake-up call: LeBron James believes in Wizards

Wake-up call: LeBron James believes in Wizards
January 16, 2014, 8:45 am
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Strong 1st half carries Wizards to victory

Although the Wizards haven't always looked the part of a playoff team, they've had one believer through the ups and downs: LeBron James. The superstar for the Miami Heat repeated a familiar refrain after Wednesday's game, a 114-97 win for the Wizards who led by as many as 34 points. 

"When John Wall is healthy, they are a very, very good team. He played an unbelievable game. Also Nene, also Bradley Beal and the rest of those guys. They have a really good team," James said. "It is a team that we all thought would be pretty good."

A win Friday, in the second of a five-game homestand, and the Wizards (18-19) are at .500 for the third time this season. They put seven players in double figures against Miami as Wall led with 25 points.

"They are a very young team that on certain nights, they can get you," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We've been saying this about the Eastern Conference all year long -- way too premature to evaluate so many of these teams because you don't know where they will be in the spring."

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The Wizards are sitting in the conference's fifth seed which would offer a more favorable first-round matchup in the playoffs. The Heat likely will be the No. 2 seed, which means they'd be matched against No. 7 in a playoff scenario.