LeBron James didn't get a chance to show off for the president. Didn't get a chance to psyche out Gilbert Arenas at the free-throw line. Didn't get a chance to put No. 1 overall pick John Wall in his place.
He merely had the same experience he's had everywhere else he's visited lately: He got booed and won. This time the Miami Heat escaped with a 95-94 win Saturday over the last-place Wizards, who nearly pulled off the upset without Wall and the just-traded Arenas.
President Obama was to attend the game, and players arriving at the morning shootaround had to go through a Secret Service pat-down. Fans were told to arrive earlier than usual because of the enhanced security.
But the Secret Service abruptly departed the Verizon Center. Wizards owner Ted Leonsis posted on his blog: "One of the main dignitaries scheduled to attend has been forced to cancel. He will reschedule. . . . Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused."
The people most inconvenienced were fans attending the Georgetown game earlier in the day. They were also subjected to the pat-down and bag checks before entering on a chilly day - even though the president was never planning to come to that game.
Elsewhere: Mo Williams extended the game with a running jump shot with 3.7 seconds left in regulation, then scored six in overtime to help the Cavaliers snap a 10-game losing streak with a 109-102 victory over the visiting Knicks. . . . Blake Griffin scored 29 points and Vinny Del Negro made a triumphant return to the United Center in Chicago as the Clippers beat the Bulls, 100-99, stopping the Bulls' seven-game winning streak. . . . In San Antonio, the Spurs won their eighth straight, 112-106, over the Memphis Grizzlies. Tony Parker scored 16 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. . . . Deron Williams scored 22 points and added 11 assists, leading the Jazz past the Bucks, 95-86, and overcoming a double-digit deficit for the ninth time this season. The Jazz (19-9) shook off a season-low 71 points on Friday in New Orleans with a second-half surge after falling behind by 12 points early in Milwaukee.
Denver Nuggets coach George Karl and Portland Trail Blazers guard Andre Miller have each been fined $25,000 for separate incidents.
Karl was fined for public comments about the officiating following the Nuggets' 113-112 home loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday.
Miller was fined for throwing the ball in the stands following the Blazers' 103-98 loss Wednesday.
Grizzlies star Rudy Gay has been suspended one game without pay after a flagrant foul in the fourth quarter of a game against Houston on Friday.