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Wizards shock Heat, Rockets blast Lakers

/ 07:02 AM December 06, 2012

Washington — The Washington Wizards can’t beat many teams, but they beat the best: LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

Perhaps inspired by the courtside presence of Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, the Wizards doubled their victory total this season with a 105-101 win over the Heat on Tuesday night, despite James’ triple-double of 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.

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Jordan Crawford led Washington with 22 points, including three free throws in the final 11 seconds, while James missed a potentially tying 3-pointer with 3.9 to go.

While the reigning NBA champion Heat’s six-game win streak ended, and they fell to 12-4, the Wizards improved to 2-13. They started the season 0-12, but have won two of their last three.

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Kevin Seraphin had 16 points and 10 boards to help Washington outrebound Miami 44-43.

Dwyane Wade scored 24 for Miami, while Chris Bosh added 20 points and 12 rebounds. Miami made only 8 of 28 attempts on 3-pointers.

Rockets 107,

Lakers 105

In Houston, Toney Douglas had a season-high 22 points and Greg Smith added a career-best 21 to help Houston beat Los Angeles.

The Lakers had a 13-point lead with less than 10 minutes to go, but Houston used two big runs, including a 9-2 spurt, to take a 100-99 lead with about 2 1/2 minutes left.

Kobe Bryant hit a 3-pointer with 13.3 seconds left to cut the lead to 106-105 before fouling Douglas, who made one of two free throws with 8.8 seconds left. Bryant missed a 3-point attempt before Metta World Peace was off on a putback to give Houston the win.

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Bryant led the Lakers with 39 points and Howard had 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Thunder 117,

Nets 111

In New York, Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Russell Westbrook had 25 points and nine assists, and Oklahoma City held off Brooklyn for its sixth straight victory.

Serge Ibaka added 18 points and Thabo Sefolosha 14 for the Thunder, who revved up the NBA’s No. 1 offense to surpass 100 points in a 10th straight game for the first time in 15 years.

The Thunder, who beat the Nets for the seventh straight time, let a 16-point lead shrink to two down the stretch, even as they shot 60.6 percent for the game.

Deron Williams scored a season-high 34 points for the Nets, who had their six-game home winning streak snapped.

Pacers 80, Bulls 76

In Chicago, Paul George scored 34 points, and Roy Hibbert added 10 points and 11 rebounds to help Indiana close its road trip at 3-1 with a win over Chicago.

The Bulls, who failed to win three straight for the first time this season, were able to keep David West, Indiana’s leading scorer, in check — but George picked up the slack.

George scored 10 points in the first quarter, highlighted by a thunderous dunk as George Hill’s 3-point attempt bounced up off the back of the rim.

Nate Robinson scored 19 of the 25 points the Bulls got from their reserves. Carlos Boozer notched his seventh double-double in nine games with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago.

OTHER RESULTS: Grizzlies 108, Suns 98, OT; Timberwolves 105, 76ers 88. /ap

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