In brief: RGIII brings magic touch to courtside for Wizards
NBA: 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 of Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, the Wizards doubled their victory total this season with a 105-101 win over the visiting 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 winning streak ended, and they fell to 12-4, the Wizards improved to 2-13. They started the season 0-12.
• Durant leads Thunder: Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Russell Westbrook had 25 points and nine assists, and the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Brooklyn Nets 117-111 for their sixth straight victory.
• Rockets down Lakers: Toney Douglas had a season-high 22 points and Greg Smith added a career-best 21 to help the Houston Rockets beat the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 107-105.
Arizona survives 27 turnovers in win
College basketball: Nick Johnson scored 23 points, Kevin Parrom had 13 of his 14 in the second half and No. 8 Arizona overcame a season-high 27 turnovers to hold off Southern Miss 63-55 in Tucson, Ariz.
Arizona (6-0) struggled against Southern Miss’ (6-2) zone defense, throwing passes into traffic, to open spaces, even one that sailed over the coaches on the bench into the crowd.
• Hoyas roll: Otto Porter had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 15 Georgetown (6-1) to a 64-41 victory over Texas (5-3) in the opener of the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
• Wolfpack edge UConn: Richard Howell had 13 points and grabbed all 10 of his rebounds in the second half, and C.J. Leslie had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead No. 25 North Carolina State (5-2) to a 69-65 victory over Connecticut (6-2) in the second game of the Jimmy V Classic.
• Former ORU coach dies: Ken Trickey, a former basketball coach at Iowa State, Oral Roberts and other schools, died Tuesday. He was 79.
Trickey led Oral Roberts to the round of eight in the NCAA tournament in 1974. He had a 214-116 record in two stints at ORU.
Haren and Nationals close to $13 million deal
Baseball: Free agent pitcher Dan Haren and the Washington Nationals are close to completing a one-year deal for $13 million, a person familiar with the talks told the Associated Press.
• Rangers, Soria agree: Injured closer Joakim Soria and the Texas Rangers have reached an agreement on an $8 million, two-year contract. Soria was a two-time All-Star with Kansas City.
IOC suspends India Olympic committee
Olympics: The IOC says it has suspended India’s national Olympic committee because of government interference in its election process.
Suspension means the Indian body will stop receiving IOC funding and its officials will be banned from attending Olympic meetings and events. India’s athletes will be barred from competing in Olympic events under their national flag, although the IOC could allow them to do so under the Olympic flag.