Rested Miami Heat star LeBron James sat out Saturday night against Washington, only the second game he has missed this season. With the playoffs starting next week, Chris Bosh was held out for the third game in a row. Dwyane Wade, who has missed 14 games, was in the starting lineup but left with a dislocated finger.
Scheduled Center Dwight Howard is making his first steps toward recovery from season-ending back surgery. The All-Star for the Orlando Magic was scheduled to begin his post-operative walking program, one day after a herniated disc was repaired and some fragments removed during a procedure in Los Angeles.
• Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry and center Andrew Bogut will have arthroscopic ankle surgery in hopes of returning for the start of next season. Warriors general manager Larry Riley says the operations will be done Wednesday in Van Nuys, Calif.
Returned Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose returned to the lineup Saturday night against the Dallas Mavericks after missing the three previous games with a right foot/ankle injury. Rose, last season’s NBA MVP who has missed 26 games this season with an assortment of injuries, is averaging 22.5 points.
Injured Phoenix Suns starting forward Channing Frye injured his right shoulder in the first half against the Denver Nuggets. The injury, technically a subluxed right shoulder, occurred when he went up for a rebound with 5 minutes to play in the second quarter.
Arrested Last season’s starting forward at the University of Arizona has been arrested by Tucson police on a felony domestic violence charge. Tucson police say in a late Friday news release that 22-year-old senior Jesse Perry turned himself in after the university helped find him and facilitate his surrender.
Accused Nebraska’s outgoing star cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer, possibly hurting his status in next weekend’s NFL draft. Dennard has been projected to be as high as a second-round pick.