The Miami Heat got a rare taste of what it's like to be a team with a losing record.

The feeling didn't last too long.

After a brief stint below the bar, the Heat moved back to .500 with a 103-93 victory against the winless Washington Wizards Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena. LeBron James led Miami with 25 points and five assists. Center Chris Bosh finished with 24 points and seven rebounds while guard Dwyane Wade added 20 points.

"We talked about coming out in a much more competitive disposition," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Our starters were able to get us off to a better beginning. It set the tone for the game. It wasn't perfect but the intensity was better."

The Heat dropped below .500 for only just the second time in the Big Three Era when they lost consecutive games to the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets. The last time it happened was when they fell to 0-1 after losing to the Boston Celtics in the 2010-11 season opener.

The recent experience prompted the players and coaches to air out their concerns in a team meeting. They concluded they were perhaps getting too comfortable after winning back-to-back NBA titles. With the issues addressed, the Heat avoided their first three-game losing streak during the regular season since January of 2012.

"We're not in panic mode," James said. "I think the best thing about our team is when we see we have something that needs to be fixed, we fix it. We get right into it. That's the good thing about our team. We don't let things linger too much."

It appeared the Heat were allowing their early-game struggles to hang around. The Wizards scored nine of the game's opening 11 points, continuing a trend of slow starts for Miami. Unlike the losses to the Sixers and Nets, the Heat were able to erase the deficit before the first quarter ended.