The Washington Wizards, who have the worst record in the NBA, beat the defending champion Miami Heat 105-101.

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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.

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