With 18 seconds left, James wasted a chance to give the Heat the lead, clanking a 3-point attempt. Crawford's free throw then made it 102-99, and he slapped his palms together vociferously. James made a shot in the lane to pull within 102-101, and Crawford added two free throws for a 104-101 edge with 6.9 seconds on the clock.
James then missed his last shot, another 3. Nene got the rebound, and tacked on a free throw.
Unlike the James-Wade-Bosh Heat, the Wizards are mostly a collection of castoffs and high draft picks who never lived up to their billing — or have yet to, anyway. Their best player, 2010 No. 1 overall pick John Wall, has yet to participate in a practice, let alone play, this season because of a left knee cap injury.
Before the game, Wittman said he can't give an idea of when Wall will be available.
Afterward, Wittman was in a far better mood.
"That was a complete game for us, start to finish," Wittman said. "I'll be able to sleep tonight."
Notes: Heat G Mario Chalmers sat out the fourth quarter with a jammed finger. ... Wizards F Trevor Ariza left in the third quarter with a strained left calf and was limping in the locker room afterward. He was fitted with a walking boot. ... As Washington's Emeka Okafor stepped to the foul line a little less than 4 minutes into the game, the arena rumbled with some of the loudest, most enthusiastic cheers of the evening. For Okafor? Hardly. No, the buzz was because fans realized that Griffin was in the house, making his way to a front-row seat. Afterward, James was asked whether RG3's vow to transform the basketball star into a Redskins fan could succeed. "No. But I'm a fan of his, though. He's an unbelievable talent. I like to watch him play," James said. ... Wittman went with his fifth different starting lineup. ... The Heat were without Shane Battier (right knee) and Norris Cole (strained groin).
Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich