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.
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.
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.
THUNDER 117, NETS 111
NEW YORK (AP) — 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 offence 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 per cent for the game.
Deron Williams scored a season-high 34 points for the Nets, who had their six-game home winning streak snapped.
ROCKETS 107, LAKERS 105
HOUSTON (AP) — 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.
Bryant led the Lakers with 39 points and Howard had 16 points and 12 rebounds.
PACERS 80, BULLS 76
CHICAGO (AP) — 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.
GRIZZLIES 108, SUNS 98, OT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Zach Randolph set season highs with 38 points and 22 rebounds to carry Memphis down the stretch and in overtime in a win over Phoenix.
Randolph was 15 of 22 from the field and he dominated in the latter stages of the fourth quarter and early minutes of overtime. He also had three blocks, two in overtime, as Memphis outscored the Suns 14-4 in the extra period, with all the Suns' points coming at the foul line.
Quincy Pondexter had a season-high 16 points for Memphis, while Marc Gasol and Rudy Gay scored 14 apiece. Mike Conley had 11 points and five assists for the Grizzlies.
Goran Dragic scored 19 points and Luis Scola added 16 for the Suns.
TIMBERWOLVES 105, 76ERS 88
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Josh Howard had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Alexey Shved hit four 3-pointers and scored 17 points to lead Minnesota over Philadelphia.
Kevin Love had six points and 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who raced to a 23-point lead in the first half. Jose Barea came off the bench and finished with 11 points and 10 assists, and three other Minnesota reserves also reached double figures.
The Timberwolves made 11 of their first 19 3-point attempts after coming in shooting a woeful 27 per cent from long range this season.
Evan Turner led the Sixers with 19 points.