Before the game, Washington had won 7 straight games, and they had a 17 game win streak at home. The Cavaliers were also hot, having won two in a row and four of the past five. For the Wizards, winning this game could’ve propelled them to play even better, while you got the feeling that a loss wouldn’t do too much to the confidence of the team.
The NBA usually goes into a lull in the months of January and February, because in an 82 game season, the middle games don’t mean too much. This game didn’t feel like an ordinary February game, it had a playoff atmosphere. Both teams were playing extremely fast, and the game seemed like it mattered.
Near the end of the game, LeBron James missed a layup with very little time left, and the Wizards got the rebound up by one point. At this point, the Cavaliers quickly fouled, and most people considered the game over. John Wall made both of his free throws to put Washington up by three points with just 3.4 seconds left. The Cavaliers made a full court pass to LeBron James, who banked in a game tying three-pointer with just .3 of a second left. Time expired, and the game went to overtime.
LEBRON JAMES TIES THE GAME WITH A FADEAWAY THREE POINTER 👌🏼🔥👌🏼🔥 pic.twitter.com/9N3cOPdY4W
— Cavs Nation (@CavsNationNet) February 7, 2017
Although Cleveland won 140-135, it wasn’t without a little drama. Not only did LeBron James foul out with four minutes left in overtime, but the Wizards were also ahead at that time. After James fouled out though, Kyrie Irving took over. He made a tie-breaking three to give the Cavaliers a lead that they would not rescind.
This was not only great for the Cavaliers to beat a dominant team away from home, but also for the Wizards, playing well on national television and finally getting some recognition for how dominant they had been playing of late.
- Bradley Beal scored 41 points and had 8 assists for the Wizards
- LeBron had a career high 17 assists in the win
- John Wall scored 22 points and dropped 12 dimes as well
- Kevin Love made 11 out of 11 free throws and scored 39 points
- Tristan Thompson scored 22 points, well north of his average of 8 this year