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 in D.C. 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. James missed a potentially tying three-pointer with 3.9 seconds to go.
Elsewhere: Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Russell Westbrook had 25, and the Thunder held off the Nets, 117-111, in Brooklyn. . . . Paul George scored 34 to lead the Pacers to an 80-76 win over the Bulls in Chicago.
Despite Kobe Bryant's 39 points, the Lakers were edged by the Rockets in Houston. In Memphis, Zach Randolph had 38 points and 22 rebounds, setting season highs, to carry the Grizzlies down the stretch for a 108-98 OT victory over the Suns.
Guns, noose, ref, Duncan
The San Antonio Spurs haven't seen this much controversy since Dennis Rodman left town.
Days after commissioner David Stern fined the team $250,000 for sitting its star players during a nationally televised game with the Heat, a Halloween photo has popped up on the Internet showing all-stars Tim Duncan and Tony Parker in costume as comic book characters, pointing toy guns at the head of a party guest dressed as veteran ref Joey Crawford while leading him to a noose.
The Spurs have a bit of a history with Crawford, a Philly native who is in his 35th season. The most infamous incident came April 15, 2007, when Crawford ejected Duncan from a game in Dallas for laughing at a call from the bench.
Crawford was suspended for the rest of the season, but was reinstated for 2007-08.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, the league and the Spurs declined to comment. - Inquirer wire services