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NBA: Wizards turn up the heat on Miami with surprise win

Washington continued their unlikely winning streak over Miami Heat to record only their second victory of the season.

Washington Wizards' Nenà goes to the basket against Miami Heat.
Washington Wizards' Nenà goes to the basket against Miami Heat.

The Washington Wizards sprung a shock in the NBA after recording only their second win of the season with a stunning 105-101 win over Miami Heat.

Jordan Crawford scored 22 points and Kevin Seraphin scored 16 points with 10 rebounds as the Wizards notched their third straight victory over the Heat — a streak dating back to late last season.

The Heat never led after the first quarter as their six-game winning streak crashed to a halt.

"It feels good to pull out a win, to know that all the hard work is finally coming through," Crawford said. "We did a great job of switching some things up and had Miami guessing a little bit."

Wizards coach Randy Wittman was delighted that his players were able to come through against a high-profile opponent, that had the backing of many in the crowd.

"I'm so happy for those guys," Wittman said.

The win took a bit of the sting out of Wittman's pre-game revelation that he doesn't know when the Wizards' top player, 2010 number one overall draft pick John Wall, will return.

Wall has yet to take part in a practice this season because of a stress injury to his left knee cap.

A.J. Price added 14 points and Martell Webster scored 13 off the bench for the Wizards, who went into the contest with a league-worst 1-13 record.

LeBron James led all scorers with 26 points and also contributed 13 rebounds and 11 assists. However, he missed two three-point attempts late in the fourth quarter.

The Oklahoma City Thunder cruised to their sixth straight win after an incredible night of shooting earned them a 117-111 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.

Kevin Durant leading the way with 32 points while Russell Westbrook added 25 and nine assists.

Brooklyn were chasing for much of the game and pulled within 104-102 with about four minutes left, only for Durant to respond with six straight points for Oklahoma City. Thabo Sefolosha padded the lead back to six in the final minute with a rebound putback.

"I saw (Westbrook) shoot, and basically the ball bounced on the rim and came toward me," Sefolosha said afterwards.

"So I just had to step in and get the rebound."

The Thunder have the league's leading offence and have now scored 100 points in 10 straight games.

"I think we are meshing great," Westbrook said. "We are doing a great job of passing the basketball, playing off each other, and making each other better."

Elsewhere the Minnesota Timberwolves ran out convincing 1-5-88 winners over the Philadelphia 76ers, while the Indiana Pacers stopped the Chicago Bulls from making it three in a row with a 80-76 win.

The Phoenix Suns went down 108-98 losers to the Memphis Grizzlies in overtime, while the Houston Rockets bounced back from 13 points down to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-105.

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