Wizards upstage new-look Cavs, Westbrook hits buzzer-beater

The Cavs certainly aren't a lock to reach the finals again, but if James keeps playing like this?

Whether it be because of his frustration with his team's defense on the play or his disagreement with the prior call, LeBron James proceeded to spike the ball against the court of Quicken Loans Arena, before catching it on its way up to prevent a technical foul.

Momentum at the Cleveland Cavaliers was stalled last night, as the team suffered a loss to the Washington Wizards, giving the new-look team their first loss since they made trades on trade deadline day to change their fortunes in the Eastern Conference. I hate losing, obviously, but I think the way we played, the way we shared the ball. "I liked the start". Like I said, we got 20-plus games left to try to figure it out. And for the most part, the Cavs are as well.

Cleveland remained neck-and-neck with Washington heading into the fourth quarter - but that's where things fell apart.

LeBron James had 32 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for Cleveland, which had a four-game winning streak end.

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The Cavs (34-23) struggled from 3-point range, finishing 8-of-35 (23 percent) from beyond the arc. Otto Porter Jr. came through with what felt like the dagger, beating J.R. Smith for a layup off a Bradley Beal pass with 57 seconds to go that put the Wizards ahead 106-101.

After averaging 17.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in 18 appearances as a sophomore, Trier has been one of college basketball's most efficient guards this season. "Just didn't make a lot of shots".

In addition to the National Basketball Association committing to awarding an All-Star Game to Cleveland upon completion of the transformation project, the Cavs also extended their lease with Cuyahoga county, which owns and operates the building through the Gateway Economic Development Corporation, through 2034. Between clashing styles on the court and personalities off of it, Cleveland lost 13 of 19 games between Christmas and February 6 in a stretch that general manager Koby Altman eventually referred to as "marching a slow death".

Both of those wins were convincing victories against two of the league's best and it showcased the Cavs' potential with George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood, and Larry Nance Jr.

"It's a learning experience", Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue said after the game.

  • Lawrence Cooper