12/16/2012 02:53 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Heat Pay Tribute To Newtown Shooting Victims

Before Miami's victory over Washington on Saturday night, the Heat paid tribute to the victims of the tragic shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the rest of the fathers on the team brought their kids onto the court for a moment of silence.

James also paid tribute to the victims in his own way, writing "Newtown, CT" on his shoes. Kevin Durant did the same before Oklahoma City's game against Sacramento on Friday night.

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"Basketball, this is nothing. These games are nothing compared to when you have a tragedy like that. It sucks that sometimes you need a tragedy to put things back in perspective, to appreciate what you have," James said at practice Saturday morning. "But it does that to people. It's unfortunate that you have to have something like that to understand what's really important and some things that aren't important at all. Family is the No. 1 important thing in life."

Many other athletes expressed their greif, shock and outrage at the school shooting via Twitter.



Athlete Reactions To Newtown Tragedy