Saturday, February 11, 2017

NBA Game of the Week | Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards
2/6/17 - Verizon Center

Photo cred. Associated Press
Monday night's game in Washington, D.C. was an instant classic. It was a battle between two of the best teams in the Eastern conference, one full of climatic moments and high energy from the crowd. It really was the perfect storm. 

On Cleveland's side, King James obviously took the lead and remained a consistent factor throughout the game. This man, Lebron, was on fire, shooting 6/8 from the 3 point line, scoring 32 points as well a career-high 17 assist. And did you get a chance to witness just how smooth and elegant those 3 back-to-back three's during the final minutes of regulation? Sensational.

Kyrie Irving, who was low-key most of the game, yet persistent and managed to add 23 points to the scoreboard. Together, they all made it look easy, breezy, beautiful

On Washington's side, there was Bradley Beal, scoring an astonishing 41 points within a 16/28 fraction and 8 assist and John Wall, totaling out at 22 points and 12 assist. It's fitting to mention Otto Porter, who finished with 25 points, including 5 out of 7 three pointer attempts, and 12 assist. Kevin Love was also effective with 39 points in 11/17 shooting and 12 rebounds. 

For the second time in the game, Lebron lead the Tye at 133-133 in OT, which was broken by Kyrie with 35 seconds remaining. Bradley missed the opportunity to reset the tie under a 5 sec. pressure weight on him; that's when Kevin Love caught the rebound and saved the day with 2 free throws. 

The game concluded in an OT win for Cleveland, as the Cavaliers brought the Wizards' 17 home game winning streak and 7th overall, to an end and both teams walking away in good spirits regardless, according to post-game interviews.

Photo cred. Ken Blaze - USA Today Sports
This game was like being on the best roller coaster at an amusement park for the first time; not only was it a thrill and an adrenaline rush, but it definitely lived up to the hype.
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