There was consecutive sequences towards the end of third quarter when LeBron James got John Wall on the switch in the low post. The first time James took Wall to the baseline and hit a tough fadeaway jump shot. Next possession, LeBron went towards the center of the floor and hit a floater over Wall.
Although James suits up every night for the Cavaliers, there’s certain days where he goes ballistic and as a fan, you begin to cherish every one of these performances as he’s in Year 15. For the night, James finishes with 57 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists on 23-of-34 shooting.
As a team, the Cavaliers finally got their three-point shot back in order, connecting on 12-27 three-point attempts. Their offense was humming on this Friday night in Washington, dishing 18 assists as a team and shooting 56 percent from the field.
Derrick Rose was the second-best Cavalier, adding 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Jae Crowder had his best game with the wine and gold as well, making multiple rotations on defense and adding 17 points and seven rebounds.
The Cavaliers needed this win badly, after dropping their last four contests. Their problems on the defensive end still exist, but their effort and rotations were far better than it was during the losing streak.
On the flip side, the Wizards have consistently been hyping up their game, with Beal recently referring to them as the “best team in the Eastern Conference,” but it sure didn’t seem that way tonight.
Bradley Beal ended the night with 36 points on 12-of-19 shooting, but his impact wasn’t felt, with LeBron playing the way he was. Wall was quiet, only scoring 13 points and dishing 15 assists.
Nothing more like a loud Wizards team to wake up the slumping Cavaliers. Cleveland returns home after their brief road trip to host the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday afternoon. It’s an afternoon tip at 3 p.m.