Perhaps inspired by the courtside presence of Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, the Wizards doubled their victory total this season with a 105-101 win over the Heat on Tuesday night, despite James' triple-double of 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.
Jordan Crawford led Washington with 22 points, including three free throws in the final 11 seconds, while James missed a potentially tying 3-pointer with 3.9 to go.
While the reigning NBA champion Heat's six-game win streak ended, and they fell to 12-4, the Wizards improved to 2-13. They started the season 0-12, but have won two of their last three.
Kevin Seraphin had 16 points and 10 boards to help Washington outrebound Miami 44-43.
THUNDER 117, NETS 111
The Thunder, who beat the Nets for the seventh straight time, let a 16-point lead shrink to two down the stretch, even as they shot 60.6 percent for the game.
Deron Williams scored a season-high 34 points for the Nets, who had their six-game home winning streak snapped.
ROCKETS 107, LAKERS 105
The Lakers had a 13-point lead with less than 10 minutes to go, but Houston used two big runs, including a 9-2 spurt, to take a 100-99 lead with about 2½ minutes left.
Kobe Bryant hit a 3-pointer with 13.3 seconds left to cut the lead to 106-105 before fouling Douglas, who made one of two free throws with 8.8 seconds left. Bryant missed a 3-point attempt before Metta World Peace was off on a putback to give Houston the win.
Bryant led the Lakers with 39 points and Howard had 16 points and 12 rebounds.
PACERS 80, BULLS 76
The Bulls, who failed to win three straight for the first time this season, were able to keep David West, Indiana's leading scorer, in check -- but George picked up the slack.
George scored 10 points in the first quarter, highlighted by a thunderous dunk as George Hill's 3-point attempt bounced up off the back of the rim.
GRIZZLIES 108, SUNS 98, OT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Zach Randolph set season highs with 38 points and 22 rebounds to carry Memphis down the stretch and in overtime in a win over Phoenix.
Randolph was 15 of 22 from the field and he dominated in the latter stages of the fourth quarter and early minutes of overtime. He also had three blocks, two in overtime, as Memphis outscored the Suns 14-4 in the extra period, with all the Suns' points coming at the foul line.
TIMBERWOLVES 105, 76ERS 88
Kevin Love had six points and 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who raced to a 23-point lead in the first half. Jose Barea came off the bench and finished with 11 points and 10 assists, and three other Minnesota reserves also reached double figures.
The Timberwolves made 11 of their first 19 3-point attempts after coming in shooting a woeful 27 percent from long range this season.
Evan Turner led the Sixers with 19 points.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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