Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 10/23

Game 1: Wednesday, October 23rd

Heat 108

(5-2, 2-2 away)

Pelicans 95

(6-1, 2-1 home)

    8:00 PM ET, October 23, 2013

    Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 28 30 19 31108
    NO 34 26 22 1395

    Top Performers

    Mia: L. James 27 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Stl, 2 Blk

    NO: A. Davis 18 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 Blk

    James, Wade lead Heat over Pelicans, 108-95

    Associated Press

    NEW ORLEANS -- For Greg Oden and his Miami Heat teammates, four minutes on an NBA court in a preseason game was cause for celebration.

    "It's been a long time and I've been wanting to get out there," Oden said after his preseason debut in Miami's 108-95 victory at New Orleans on Wednesday night. "It was only a couple minutes, but it was what I needed, what I can handle right now and, you know, small baby steps."

    Oden is attempting to come back from knee injuries that have plagued him since he was drafted first overall out of Ohio State in 2007. The last time he played in an NBA game was on Dec. 5, 2009, for the Portland Trail Blazers.

    Not long after he came in against the Pelicans, he scored his only points of the night on a dunk, which was also his only shot. He also grabbed a pair of defensive rebounds.

    "It was a very special moment," LeBron James said of Oden's appearance. "I have no idea what my feeling would be like, being away from the game for three years. It was like a proud moment, man. I was so excited for him when he got on the court and he checked in -- and his first basket he gets a dunk. Can you write it any better? Obviously he's not where he wants to be, but the process is going great.

    "I can just imagine how excited he was to get back out there," James continued. "I'm going to have to take a toast for him, man. I ain't no drinker, but I might have to take a shot for him. It was an absolutely great moment."

    Miami is a team used to celebrating NBA championships after winning the past two. Oden was gratified to see how much it also meant to the Heat to see him show the first small sign of a successful return to the game he loves, and missed.

    "In December it would be four years, so four minutes, that's enough for me," Oden said. "As long as I got out there and I walked off and I'm healthy, that's all that matters.

    "I know the guys were happy for me," Oden added. "I definitely felt love. And I'm excited that they were there for me."

    Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra said Oden's face "lit up" when he told him he was going to put him in the game.

    "We are just so pleased for him," Spoelstra said. "It was just great to see him do something he loves to do. It was taken away from him for four years. We just continue to make patient, steady progress forward from here."

    James scored 27 points and Dwyane Wade added 25 for the Heat, who trailed after three quarters but opened the fourth with a 21-2 run.

    Wade hit a 3 during the decisive surge, then stole the ball for a breakaway jam. Ray Allen did all his scoring with three straight 3s to make it 98-84.

    Chris Bosh had 14 points and nine rebounds for Miami (5-2), and Chris Andersen added 13 points.

    Eric Gordon scored 19 for New Orleans (6-1), while Anthony Davis had 18 points and eight rebounds. Anthony Morrow added 16 points, Jrue Holiday 12 and Ryan Anderson 10.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 108 95
    FGM-FGA 39-75 (.520) 30-66 (.455)
    3PM-3PA 10-20 (.500) 11-25 (.440)
    FTM-FTA 20-28 (.714) 24-31 (.774)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-36 7-31
    Assists 25 22
    Turnovers 19 23
    Steals 15 9
    Blocks 4 6
    Fast Break Points 8 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 28 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    LeBron James James
    Points: 27
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 2
    Anthony Davis Davis
    Points: 18
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 3

    Research Notes

    6 seasons have passed since Greg Oden was selected 1st overall by the Trail Blazers in 2007. Dating back to the 1966 NBA Draft, which was the first year after the territorial draft was abolished, Oden's 82 games played are the fewest by a No. 1 overall pick through 6 seasons of being drafted.

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