WASHINGTON – Miami Heat forward LeBron James had a triple-double – his first of the year – with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. Guard Dwyane Wade had 20 points. Forward Chris Bosh had 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Normally, that is the equation for a Heat victory against any team in the league, let alone the Washington Wizards, the team with the worst record in the league.But with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III sitting courtside next to the Wizards’ bench and bringing a little of his magic to a team in dire need of it, the Wizards defeated the defending champion Heat 105-101 last night.
Washington are now 2-13 with one of their more improbable victories in this young season, and oddly, it was Washington’s third consecutive victory against Miami, counting two games late last season.
Against Miami, Washington found offence with a season-high in points in regulation and assists (31) and equalled their season-high in shooting percentage (48.1). They also scored a season-high for points in the first half with 60.
Reserve guard Jordan Crawford led the Wizards with 22 points and six assists, and reserve forward Kevin Seraphin added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Washington’s bench outscored Miami’s bench 64-31.
The Wizards led 71-59 in the third quarter and held off Miami’s fourth-quarter rally. Miami had several chances to either tie the score or take the lead late in the fourth quarter.
James missed a three-pointer with 3.9 seconds left that could have tied the score at 104, and forward Mike Miller and James missed shots on the same possession that would have tied or given Miami the lead with less than 60 seconds to play.
Other Tuesday night scores: Timberwolves 105, 76ers 88; Thunder 117, Nets 111; Pacers 80, Bulls 76; Suns 98, Grizzlies 108; Lakers 105, Rockets 107.††