Not a starry night for Wizards
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.
Nuggets' Karl, Blazers' Miller hit with fines
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' Gay suspended for flagrant foul
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.
Gay was ejected after knocking Luis Scola to the ground in the lane. He sat out Saturday's game. - Wire reports