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Heat's Greg Oden dunks in first game since 2009 Published: October 24, 2013

Greg Oden, the guy drafted in front of the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, made a surprising debut for the Miami Heat on Wednesday night and showed how far he has come in his long-term recovery from chronic knee issues.

Oden checked into the second quarter of the Heat's preseason game in New Orleans, the first time he had played in an NBA game since Dec. 5, 2009, a span of more than 1,400 days.

On his first possession, the Heat ran a post-up play for Oden, who turned and dunked the ball. He played an eventful 80 seconds of game time in the first half, picking up the basket, two rebounds, a turnover and a foul.

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