WASHINGTON - The Washington Wizards stunned the Miami Heat Tuesday night at Verizon Center perhaps with the assistance of D.C.’s media darling in attendance.
The Wizards were 1-13 and the worst team in the NBA when they squared off against the class of the Eastern Conference; the then 12-3 Miami Heat.
It would come as no surprise to basketball fans to hear that Lebron James and company were heavily favored to defeat Washington at home.
Enter Robert Griffin III.
Fresh off a Monday Night Football victory over the New York Giants that was viewed by millions nationally, the Redskins’ star quarterback was front-and-center again for his first Wizards game at Verizon Center.
The Wiz snapped the Heat’s six-game winning streak with a 105-101 victory to earn their second win of the season in an upset that came down to the wire.
Jordan Crawford sunk three free throws in the remaining 11 seconds of the game to cap off a 22-point night for himself and sink the final dagger into the Heat.
While James bricked a potentially game-tying 3-point shot with 3.9 seconds left, all eyes watching will be left to not-so-jokingly wonder if the winning courtside spirit of RGIII rubbed off on his D.C. basketball cohorts in the waning seconds.
Washington improved to 2-13 with the victory, while Miami dropped to 12-4 on the year.