The Washington Wizards, who have the worst record in the NBA, beat the defending champion Miami Heat 105-101.
WASHINGTON — His feet soaking in a tub of ice, his eyes scanning a box score, LeBron James chuckled at the notion his defending champion Miami Heat might learn something from a surprising setback against the Washington Wizards.
“Nah, man, there’s not no lesson. This ain’t a lesson for us. We just lost,” James said. “We’ve seen and been through everything, so we don’t need a loss to be like, ‘Oh, let’s catch ourselves.’ It happens.”
Not too many people figured this outcome would happen, though, a message Wizards coach Randy Wittman delivered to his players before their worst-in-the-NBA team went out and beat the Heat 105-101 Tuesday night behind Jordan Crawford’s 22 points — and despite James’ triple-double of 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.
Perhaps inspired by the courtside presence of Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, who exchanged a handshake with Cowboys fan James after the final buzzer, the Wizards doubled their victory total this season. The Wizards improved to 2-13, earning their second victory in the three games after starting a franchise-worst 0-12.
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“I’m so happy for those guys,” said Wittman, who called it perhaps the most satisfying victory of his coaching career.
Miami’s six-game winning streak ended, and it fell to 12-4.
• Zach Randolph set season highs with 38 points and 22 rebounds to lead host Memphis to a 108-98 overtime victory over the Phoenix Suns. Randolph was 15 of 22 from the field.
Quincy Pondexter, a former Washington Husky, added a season-high 16 for the Grizzlies.
• Ex-Sonic Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Russell Westbrook added 25 and visiting Oklahoma City beat Brooklyn 117-111 for its sixth victory in a row.
• Toney Douglas had a season-high 22 points and Greg Smith added a career-best 21 to help host Houston beat Los Angeles 107-105. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 39 points. Pau Gasol didn’t play for Los Angeles because of tendinitis in both knees.
• Paul George scored 34 points as Indiana beat the Bulls 80-76 in Chicago.
Ex-UW Huskies standout Nate Robinson led the Bulls with 19 points.