Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/4/12
WASHINGTON -- Jordan Crawford scored 22 points and the Washington Wizards, owners of the NBA's worst record, stunned the defending league champion Miami Heat with a 105-101 victory on Tuesday night at the Verizon Center. Kevin Seraphin had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards (2-13), who extended their winning streak against the Heat (12-4) to three. They did so with Robert Griffin III sitting courtside one night after the Washington Redskins rookie quarterback directed a victory over the NFL's reigning Super Bowl champion New York Giants. LeBron James notched his first triple-double of the season with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for the Heat, who entered with a six-game winning streak. Dwyane Wade scored 24 points and Chris Bosh had 20 points and 12 rebounds. The Wizards led after every quarter, by 12 in the third quarter and 82-78 entering the fourth. After the Heat pulled even at 88 on Bosh's layup midway through the fourth quarter, Seraphin countered with jumper on the next possession, putting Washington ahead for good. The Wizards extended the margin to five and led 102-99 with 10.3 seconds left after a Jordan Crawford free throw following James' missed 3-pointer. Coming out of a timeout James quickly scored inside, but Crawford sank two more from the foul line with 6.9 seconds left. James launched again from beyond the arc, another miss as Miami finished 8 of 28 on 3-point attempts. Nene grabbed the miss and split a pair of free to seal the win. Perhaps Washington's latest starting lineup, its fifth already this season, spurred the Wizards onto a 30-25 lead after the first quarter. Maybe some RG3 magic washed over the basketball locals because the Wizards scored their most points in a first quarter and first half this season. Crawford's 3-pointer capped the first quarter scoring and he scored five of his 12 first half points during a 9-0 run as Washington led 41-32. Down 56-46 with 2:10 remaining, the Heat's gambling defense led to two steals during an 8-0 spurt, but Bradley Beal finished off consecutive layup attempts as the Wizards led 60-54. Washington shot 70.6 percent (12 of 17) in the second quarter and 58.3 percent in the first half. NOTES: Chris Singleton, who started 51 games last season as a rookie, made his first start of the 2012-13 campaign. He scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds. ... James and Singleton were each assessed a technical foul in the second quarter. ... The Heat played without Shane Battier (knee) and Norris Cole (groin strain). ... Miami opens a four-game homestand against the New York Knicks on Thursday. Washington plays at Atlanta on Friday.
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