Reserve guard Jordan Crawford scored 22 points, including three clutch free throws in the waning seconds, to lead the Washington Wizards to a 105-101 upset over the defending NBA champion Miami Heat.
The lowly Wizards, who improved their record to 2-13, held a slim lead for most of Tuesday night's contest at the Verizon Center in Washington and sealed victory when Heat superstar LeBron James missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds remaining.
Reserve power forward Kevin Serafin also had a big game for the Wizards, notching 16 points and 10 rebounds, while point guard A.J. Price added 14 points.
For the Heat, James got his first triple-double of the season, scoring 26 points, dishing out 11 assists and grabbing 13 rebounds in 43 minutes.
Shooting guard Dwyane Wade scored 24 points and power forward Chris Bosh contributed 20 points and 12 rebounds for Miami, who are now tied with the New York Knicks for the best record in the Eastern Conference at 12-4.
Elsewhere, the Houston Rockets rallied for a 107-105 home victory Tuesday night over the struggling Los Angeles Lakers, who led by 13 points at the half and by 10 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Reserve guard Toney Douglas led all Houston scorers with 22 points and was instrumental in the Rockets' comeback, while center Greg Smith also was a big contributor off the bench with 21 points and nine rebounds.
Kobe Bryant scored 39 points for the Lakers but missed badly on a 3-point attempt as time ran down. Center Dwight Howard had 16 points and 12 rebounds, but he missed several free throws as the lead narrowed and was eventually erased.
The Rockets improved to 9-8 despite an off night by star guard James Harden, who scored just 15 points on 3-of-19 shooting. The Lakers, who were without injured starters Pau Gasol and Steve Nash, slipped to 8-10.
In other NBA action Tuesday night, the Minnesota Timberwolves cruised past the Philadelphia 76ers 105-88, the Oklahoma City Thunder topped the Brooklyn Nets 117-111, the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Phoenix Suns 108-98 in overtime and the Indiana Pacers edged the Chicago Bulls 80-76. EFE