James felt his team's sloppy play in the third quarter -- which included seven turnovers -- set the tone for Washington's comeback.
"We came out in the third quarter and turned the ball over too much," James said. "That allowed them to get back in the game. We can learn from every game, no matter if it's preseason."
The Heat welcomed back Mario Chalmers and Udonis Haslem, who each missed the opening six preseason games because of quadriceps strains. Chalmers finished with eight points and five assists and Haslem had eight rebounds.
Bosh and Wade each went 5 of 6 from the floor in the opening quarter and James was 3 for 6 with three rebounds and two assists for Miami, which opened the game on a 12-1 run.
"It was the first time for all of us to get out there together," Wade said. "To come out with that start, it felt good. "