Wizards at Cavs final score: LeBron and Cleveland erase a 17-point fourth quarter deficit, beat the Wiz 119-115

Well, that wasn’t the message the Wizards were trying to send.

LeBron James scores 33 points to go along with 14 assists and nine rebounds as the Cavaliers erased a 17-point fourth quarter deficit and beat the Wizards, 119-115. #WizardsKiller Jeff Green scored 21 points and Kevin Love was on fire with all 16 of his points in the first half for the Cavaliers team as they win the season series against the Wizards 3-1.

After a slow start to this one and a 13-point deficit after one quarter, Washington got into a rhythm in the second period and was able to claw their way back in this one starting on the defensive end. Washington was turning Cleveland over and made them pay for their mistakes on the other end as the Wizards shot 63 percent in the quarter and cut the deficit to five, 59-54 at the break.

The good Wizards, the ‘everybody eats’ Wizards were on display until the midway point of the fourth quarter as they were able to build the lead out to 17, 104-87 in what looked like an inevitable victory.

But defensive lapses, hero ball, and LeBron being LeBron would flip that narrative as the Cavs complete the comeback and beat Washington, 119-115.

The good and the ugly from John Wall

We got the good, the bad, and the ugly from John Wall this evening. Let’s start with the good. Wall scored a team-high 28 points on 10-20 shooting to go along with 14 assists and three steals in just his third game back from injury.

Wall looked like the Wallstar of old as he was pushing the ball early on in this one and wasn’t settling for jumpers and attacking the hole. Not only that, he dished out six assists to go along with his 10 points (all from close in) all in the first quarter.

He looked to run in transition and it didn’t look like his knee was bothering him tonight as he found Beal on the wing for a transition three on multiple occasions.

But with the Wizards up 17 in the fourth quarter, that’s when the bad habits started to rear their ugly heads – as in hero ball and turnovers. Wall and the Wizards reverted back to their hero ball ways late in the fourth quarter. The ball would stop moving and Wall would pound the ball into the floor only to force up a fadeaway jumper as the shot clock wound down.

And the turnovers. Wall, who was careful with the ball for most of the evening, had two very costly turnovers late in the game. He got his pass picked off by LeBron leading to an easy transition opportunity as the Cavs were mounting their comeback. And with the Wizards down just two with seconds to play, rather than attacking the hole, Wall pulled back and tried to find Morris at the top of the key for three only to get his pass picked off.

Wall was 10-20 from the field tonight and just looking at his shot chart, you can tell pretty easily as to which shots came at what point in the game.

Washington forgets about Otto Porter in the fourth quarter

As Washington started playing hero-ball, Otto Porter went missing. Porter scored 18 tonight on 8-13 shooting to go along with eight rebounds. He scored 12 points in the first half, mainly of midrange jumpers. In the third quarter, Porter got going by creating his own opportunities by either slashing to the cup or crashing the offensive glass for a tip in.

But then, Porter went missing. As the ball stopped moving, Porter stopped getting opportunities evidenced as he didn’t score in the fourth quarter. Say what you want about Porter’s ability to create, however, Washington still needs to run sets for him to keep him involved in the offense.

Tip Ins

  • Mike Scott was terrific off the bench with 12 points in addition to knocking down his only two three-point attempts
  • Kelly Oubre’s shot remains missing (2-9) but he played a much better game on the defensive end

Up Next: Washington heads home to take on the sub .500 Hawks as the regular season can’t end soon enough for this team.

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Wizards at Cavs final score: Washington executes down the stretch, downs Cleveland 110-103

With less than one minute to play and the shot clock winding down, Bradley Beal drove by his man slicing through the lane for the layup as the Wizards hang on to beat the Cavaliers, 110-103.

Beal led the way for Washington with 18 points and Tomas Satoransky wasn’t far behind with 17 points and eight assists as Washington wins their first game after the All-Star break and is 10 games above .500 (34-24) for the first time this season.

Kelly Oubre, who’s struggled with his shot over the past month, looked like he may have broken out of his slump as the third year player also chipped in with 17 points and knocked down 3-6 three-point shots.

This was the first home game since the new look Cavs overhauled their roster but it was the Wizards who would have the last laugh.

Washington executes down the stretch

The Wizards used a 16-4 run to stretch their lead to 11 midway through the fourth quarter. But the one-man wrecking ball of LeBron James wouldn’t go down easy as he nearly willed the Cavs to victory scoring all Cleveland points after the 9:00 minute mark of the fourth quarter as James and the Cavs trimmed the Wizards lead to 3, 104-101 with two minutes to play.

With just seconds remaining on the shot clock and under one minute to play, Coach Scott Brooks ran a brilliant after the timeout play where Otto Porter inbounded it to Beal who passed it right back to Porter for a reverse layup and a five-point Wizards lead.

After LeBron barreled his way for an easy bucket, Bradley Beal sliced through the lane for a layup to stretch the Wizards lead to five and keep Cleveland at bay. Satoransky knocked down two free throws late to ice the game as the Wizards come up big late and sneak out of Cleveland with a 110-103 victory.

The tide turned in the second quarter

It looked like things might get ugly for the Wizards in the first quarter. The Cavs were on fire knocking down 61 percent of their shots in the first period and LeBron James looked well on his way to a triple-double with seven points, six assists, and five rebounds through one quarter.

However, the Wizards were able to flip the script starting in the second quarter. The Wizards used an 11-1 run in the second quarter to get back in this one highlighted by back to back three-pointers from Bradley Beal and Kelly Oubre to trim Cleveland’s lead to two. Oubre, who has been in a funk for the past month, scored 12 points in the second quarter as the Wizards were able to climb back in this one and regain the lead, 57-54 at halftime.

Another outstanding game from Tomas Satoransky

What more is there to say? Tomas Satoransky continued to impress tonight his time to the tune of 17 points on 6-7 shooting to go along with eight assists. Early in the first quarter as the Cavs were building their lead, Satoransky chipped in with timely buckets to keep the deficit within reach.

He started the second half connecting on a three-pointer to give the Wizards a five points lead and hit a tough fadeaway jumper at the end of the period as the Wizards led by just 3, 82-79.

Sato pitched a near-perfect game tonight; and the cherry on top? He didn’t commit a single turnover in 31 minutes of play.

Tip Ins

  • Everyone ate yet again as the Wizards combined for 29 assists on 44 made baskets
  • The Wizards shot a perfect 10-10 from the free-throw line
  • Jodie Meeks continued his improved play with 10 points off the bench

Up Next: Washington heads home to play the Charlotte Hornets tomorrow evening.

LeBron James scores 57 as the Cavs drop the Wizards 130-122

Bradley Beal said earlier this morning that he thought Washington was ‘the best team in the east.’ This past postseason, Beal and Richard Jefferson got in a Twitter beef because he thought the Cavs were ducking them. Well, LeBron James set the record straight tonight.

James scored a season-high 57 points to go along with 11 rebounds and seven assists as the Cavs beat the Wizards 130-122 and stop their four-game skid.

Bradley Beal was terrific tonight scoring 36 points on 12-19 shooting tonight however his performance was clearly overshadowed. John Wall had a very rough shooting night as he was just 4-13 from the field for 13 points but did dish out 15 assists.

Washington has struggled mightily on the defensive end this season. And tonight, James and the Cavs blew the lid off.

Washington’s defense was abysmal

The Wizards gave up 121 points to the lowly Suns the other night and you knew that if they didn’t clean things up and quickly, it would be an uphill battle. Well, they did absolutely nothing to make one think they care the slightest bit on the defensive end.

Cleveland was scorching hot from the field in the first quarter going 17-22 from the field as they scored 42 in the opening period. Washington wasn’t locked in, they weren’t rotating, weren’t boxing out, and well, weren’t really doing anything well defensively tonight.

Late in the game, John Wall was the primary defender on James. And although he did an ok job on him, the Wizards never opted to double-team him until after the game was already out of hand. Couple that with coach Scott Brooks’s decision to go with an all-reserve lineup really made you scratch your head at times.

When you give a defensive effort like this, of course, you’ll give up 130 points.

Something is not right with John Wall 

Don’t let Wall’s stat line fool you, he didn’t play that great of a game tonight. Wall’s struggles from the field continue as he was just 4-13 and missed all three of his three-point attempts.

There were a couple of occasions where Wall drove and didn’t get the call so he continued to try and force the issue. As a result, he missed guys for open shots as his head was down trying to barrel through the lane for a call.

Things got uglier when he got to the line. Wall was just 5-12 (42 percent) from the free-throw line tonight. That’s bad. Really, really bad.

Tip Ins

  • Kelly Oubre Jr. scored a career-high 21 points while also knocking down a career-high five three-pointers. Oubre was terrific off of the bench for the Wizards and added a much-needed scoring punch. However, it looks like Oubre might be a little lighter in the wallet after tonight.
  • Mike Scott continued to play well scoring 12 points off the bench. Scott’s hot streak started in Sacramento and has carried over into these past two games. Having an extra big man could be very valuable down the road.
  • Ian Mahinmi is a lost cause and he probably shouldn’t be seeing too much more action. Mahinmi played just 12 minutes tonight but committed two turnovers and racked up four fouls in his limited play. No need to beat a dead horse, you already know, there’s not a whole lot that Mahinmi can do well right now.

Up Next

The Wizards head north of the border to take on the Toronto Raptors Sunday night.

The Warriors are sitting back laughing as the rest of the NBA is in scramble mode

The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time in three years on June 12th. And ever since that day, every team not named the Warriors is scrambling to try and play catch up. The blueprint is out on how to win a championship. Just years ago, a “Big 3” would be enough to get the job done. But as we just recently saw, having three all-stars including LeBron James, was barely enough to keep the Cavaliers from getting swept which would have been the ultimate embarrassment.

A “Big 4” is now required to compete for a championship. And as a result, teams are in full-on scramble mode in trying to orchestrate a team that will give them a fighting chance against the Golden State Warriors over the next few years.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have made three-straight finals appearances and won one of them. However, in the owner, Dan Gilbert’s mind, that plus “disagreement on the direction of the future” led to the termination of General Manager, David Griffin.

Let’s think about that. A General Manager who made the finals three straight times and under extreme circumstances (having to consult LeBron James on every decision) still wasn’t enough to warrant an extension.

Now that Cleveland is aware that a “Big 3” of LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving isn’t enough to compete with the Warriors, they’ve started reaching out to the Pacers and Bulls to gauge the interest of Paul George and Jimmy Butler respectively.

Even with Cleveland’s success, the Cavaliers are still left scrambling as they were trying to acquire star Jimmy Butler from Chicago. After it felt like Kevin Love had found his niche with the Cavs, he’ll now be the centerpiece in all trade talks that the Cavs are involved with.

And remember the Lakers? The lowly Lakers who finished 26-56 this past season? Well, they’re just as much in the mix as Cleveland is. Just last night, The Lakers traded D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov (salary dump) to the Nets in exchange for Brooke Lopez and their first round draft pick.

This is significant because with the Lakers expected to draft Lonzo Ball on Thursday night’s draft, they’ve now cleared up roughly $60 million in salary cap space which will allow them to sign one and potentially two max deal free agents in the summer of 2018.

Now that Paul George has made it clear that he’s leaving the Pacers after next year to go to the Lakers, teams are in a bind debating whether they should take a shot on the all-star for one year knowing that he’ll leave or just stay away altogether. About a half a dozen teams are interested in George but realistically, he’s going to be in either a Pacers, Cavaliers, or Lakers uniform next year.

And remember that Lebron James guy? He can also opt out of his deal in the summer of 2018 and has been linked to the Lakers on several occasions. Now the Lakers have the cap space necessary to sign both James and George next summer including other aging stars if they are willing to take pay cuts to form yet another super-team.

To recap: A GM who won a title just one year ago has been fired. The best player in the league is unsettled with the firing of his GM and now looks more likely than ever to leave for L.A. after next year. A perennial all-star has demanded out of his current situation. The Lakers have cleared an enormous amount of cap space to make a run at one, maybe two more free agents. And the NBA season ended just nine days ago.

Not to mention, the Celtics could potential land Blake Griffin or Gordon Hayward. The Clippers are now shopping De’Andre Jordan. And the Knicks (yes the Knicks!!!) have started shopping Kristaps Porzingis to gauge the interest level of other teams.

And why all the chaos? Because how the hell else are you going to beat the Golden State Warriors?

Wizards at Cavs Final: Wiz too much for the Cavs in 127-115 win.

Seven Wizards players scored in double-figures — led by John Wall with 37 points andBradley Beal with 27 — as Washington defeated Cleveland, 127-115. Kelly Oubre also chipped in 16 points on 7-8 shooting as the Wizards picked up one of their best road wins of the season to kick off a brutal five-game road swing.

Washington started the game by turning in one of their best quarters of the season, thanks to the hot shooting of John Wall and Bradley Beal. Wall came out looking for his jumper early on and he was knocking them down. Once Wall was in a rhythm, his backcourt mate, Bradley Beal decided that it was his turn to get going. Beal connected on two very tough step-back jumpers as the Wizards started 13-17 from the field.

But John Wall wasn’t done there. Wall stayed in attack mode and finished the quarter a perfect 8-8 from the field with 18 points and five assists as the House of Guards combined for more points (27) than the Cavaliers scored in the quarter (26) as the Wizards took a 40-26 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The hot shooting carried over to the second quarter as the Wizards were able to stretch the lead out to 17. But as expected, the reigning champs would counter. The Wizards had a few lapses on the defensive end leading to two open threes for Kyle Korver in the corner. Then, LeBron started doing LeBron things, driving to the hole for poster dunks and finding his teammates for open shots as the Cavs were able to cut the lead down to six midway through the quarter.

Washington responded with a run of their own as the starting unit came back in to finish the half. The Wizards shot 70 percent in the first half and 5-9 from three-point range as they led 71-61 going into the break.

Again, the champs wouldn’t go down easily. With James on the bench, the Cavs’ reserves made a run to cut the Wizards lead down to 5 heading into the fourth quarter.

The teams traded baskets to start the fourth quarter but the Wizards would clamp down on the defensive end. Kelly Oubre led the charge, turning Cleveland turnovers into points on the other end. His signature play came midway through the fourth quarter as he gathered a Markieff Morris miss for a putback layup to put the Wizards up 10, 117-107.

The Cavs would waive the white flag at the two-minute mark and empty their bench as the Wizards pulled away for an impressive, 127-115 win.

Incredible first quarter from John Wall

We’ve seen some incredible performances from Wall over the years and the first quarter of tonight’s game was right up there. Wall was a perfect 8-8 from the field including 2-2 from three-point range as he scored 18 points and dished out 5 assists in the first quarter. Wall did most of his damage from deep and in the midrange during the first quarter and then attacked the hole later in the game. Wall either scored or assisted on 28 of the Wizards’ 40 first quarter points.

Kelly Oubre’s offense reappears 

Defense hasn’t been the issue for Oubre, his struggles have been on the offensive end. Oubre scored 16 points off the bench, the most he’s scored in months, with most of them coming either on transition layups or putbacks for second chance points. Oubre was a huge spark off the Wizards bench and they needed it considering Bojan Bogdanovic missed the game with back stiffness.

Defense steps up when it matters most

Washington’s defense through the first three quarters was not very good. However, the Wizards stepped up defensively in the fourth quarter when it mattered most. Wall played with intensity, they locked down LeBron James (as much as you can), and turned the Cavs over to seal the victory.

The Wizards’ best fourth quarter defense came with the small lineup of Wall-Beal-Porter-Oubre-Morris on the floor.

Cavs drop the Wizards, 140-135 in an overtime thriller

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.

The Wizards run out of gas late, fall to the Cavs 105-94.

John Wall led the way for the Wizards with 28 points and Markieff Morris chipped in with 20 but it wouldn’t be enough as the Wizards run out of gas late and lose to the Cavs, 105-94.

Wall came out on fire tonight connecting on 6 of his first 8 shots to begin the game as the Wizards shot 62.5 percent and led 31-26 after one quarter. Wall took it upon himself to take on the scoring load as his backcourt mate in Bradley Beal was sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Kelly Oubre was a spark for the Wizards tonight hitting his first four field goals and finishing the night with 10 points to go along with six rebounds.

Even though the Wizards played a nearly flawless first half, they still found themselves down, 58-56.

Things fell apart for the Wizards in the third quarter as they had tons of trouble guarding the three-point line. Kyrie Irving and JR Smith connected on deep three-pointers as the Cavs lead ballooned out to nine, 84-75.

The Wizards went on a bit of a dry spell to start the fourth quarter. Shots that were falling early, stopped falling. Whenever the Wizards made a run at the lead, the Cavs would answer.

Even though the Wizards played one of their best games of the season, it wouldn’t be enough, as they’d fall 105-94.

Three-point shooting: The Wizards were 3-15 from three-point range tonight and hit just one three-pointer in the second half. Without Bradley Beal, the Wizards didn’t have any scoring threats from deep and the Cavs knew that, often batting them into threes.

On the other side, the Cavs knocked down 14 threes on 33 attempts. You aren’t going to win many games when you get outscored 42-9 from three-point range.

The jig is up for Marcus Thornton and Jason Smith:

Thornton and Smith have become major liabilities for this team. Thornton, getting the start due to Beal’s injury, scored just two points in 21 minutes on 0-5 shooting. He was yanked in the fourth quarter in favor of Sheldon McClellan. Smith was equally as bad as he didn’t score and gathered just three rebounds. Surprisingly, Andrew Nicholson logged his second straight DNP. Not sure what the coaching staff sees in Smith but there’s no way that they really think Smith is the better option over Nicholson right now.

John Wall’s lack of assists:

John Wall dished out just three assists tonight, the fewest of the season. It was clear that the Cavs were content with letting Wall score and take jump shots rather than creating for others since Beal was out. Wall was forced to carry this team offensively and at times, forced things resulting in six turnovers. It’s clear that Wall knows he has the weight of the world on his shoulders as there aren’t any scorers around him. And that’s not a good thing.