Feb 23, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (3) shoots the ball in front of Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) and point guard Jarrett Jack (1) in the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Instant Reaction: Washington Wizards 96, Cleveland Cavaliers 83

Feb 23, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (3) shoots the ball in front of Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) and point guard Jarrett Jack (1) in the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Final Outcome

For a around a half of basketball, the Cleveland Cavaliers hung tight with the Washington Wizards. Down just six at the start of the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers looked to be in position to make a late push and get another win against a team above them in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. However, in a game that saw the teams trade runs for the majority of the game, the Wizards made the final run and ultimately put the Cavaliers away behind good performances from John Wall and Bradley Beal.

Key Play to the Game

Cavaliers centers Spencer Hawes committed a clear path foul on Bradley Beal with a little over seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. When Beal went to the line, he only made one of two free throws, but he still put the Wizards up by nine.  Although the Cavaliers made a few pushes, this was where the Cavaliers ultimately found themselves out the game.

You could also argue that this Wall jumper was the play that broke the Cavaliers back.

However, this Anthony Bennett dunk is the play I’ll most remember from this game.

Wine & Gold MVP  

Although Spencer Hawes shot from deep was off tonight (he finished 1-4 from deep), he was the best Cavalier on the floor tonight. He struggled some on defense, but in his 31 minutes, he was effective on offense and repeatedly gave the Wizards trouble in the rebounding department. He was especially good in the pick and roll, as he repeatedly found his spot in the middle of the floor when the Wizards gave him the opportunity to do so. So far, so good for the newest Cavalier.

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Up Next

On Tuesday, the Cavaliers will take on the Toronto Raptors. The two teams played last Friday in Toronto, with the Raptors taking home a 98-91 victory in Hawes’ Cavaliers debut. Cleveland its six game winning streak snapped against Toronto and struggled to find consistency in the second half. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

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