Where do you even begin with this one? The Cavaliers top the Wizards 140-135 in an overtime, instant classic and probably the best regular season game so far this season. LeBron James had a near-perfect game with 32 points and 17 assists but it was Kevin Love who was the high-scorer for the Cavs with 39 points. Bradley Beal led the way for the Wizards with a game-high 41 points while John Wall notched his 31st double-double of the season with 22 points and 12 assists.
This had the feel of the playoff game and you could hear the Verizon Center crowd buzz right from the tip off. Otto Porter’s hot shooting was on display early as he knocked down his first two three-pointers to get things rolling for the Wizards. Beal chipped in with 10 first quarter points as the Wizards led 32-26.
The Wizards were able to stretch the lead to eight at one point in the second quarter but the Cavs responded. Tristan Thompson fhad some nice finishes around the rim en route to a season-high 22 points as they trimmed the Wizards lead to three at halftime.
Things started to heat up beginning in the third quarter. The Wizards pulled away from the Cavs but the champs responded with a 9-0 run of their own. Bradley Beal got isolated on Shumpert and shook him so bad that he literally broke his ankle.
The teams traded baskets to end the quarter but now the Cavs led 86-82 entering the fourth.
The fourth quarter was a wild one. The teams continued trading baskets to start the period. Satoransky scooped up the loose ball in transition and found Oubre for a dunk as the Wizards regained the lead. But James and Love came to play in the money quarter. James went a perfect 4-4 from three-point range in the period. Kevin Love was also Johnny on the Spot as he knocked down timely three-pointers to give the Cavs a 116-112 lead.
The Wizards would fight back as Wall found Beal for a transition three to tie the game only to have Morris put a Wall miss back in for a Wizards 118-117 lead with just seconds to go. The next time down, LeBron James got a running start only to miss a WIDE OPEN layup. Wall would get fouled and knock down both free throws on the other end.
Then the miracle happened, Kevin Love threw a touchdown pass to LeBron James who caught it and hit a fadeaway bank three with .3 seconds remaining.
We’d be going to overtime tied at 120.
Gortat got an easy layup to get things going for the Wizards in the extra period. The next time down, the Wizards threw the ball to Beal who was fouled by James, his sixth of the contest. With a four-point lead and James on the sideline, you’d think the Wizards would take care of business, right?
And that’s when Kyrie Irving took over. Irving hit tough shot after tough shot as the Cavs’ closer. He put the cherry on top with a three from nearly the same spot he hit the winner in game 7 against the Warriors.
The Wizards would miss the next time down and that would be that. Wizards fall to the Cavs in a thriller, 140-135.