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.
31 seconds into the game and Mike Brown calls a timeout. Nice way to start things off, huh? — Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) February 23, 2014
Spencer Hawes is making some stupid plays. They’re ending well for the Cavs, but these are like…what. — Conrad Kaczmarek (@ConradKazNBA) February 23, 2014
Jason Whitlock looks like a 350-lb Jarrett Jack, which makes sense because I could watch either of them look like garbage on tv right now — Trevor Magnotti (@Tmagnotti) February 24, 2014
Jarrett Jack never met an open three he didn’t like to turn down. — David Zavac (@DavidZavac) February 24, 2014
OH MY GOD ANTHONY BENNETT DO IT — Carter Rodriguez (@Carter_Shade) February 24, 2014
#HotTaek: The Cavs probably can’t win against a playoff team if they’re missing two starters and their 6th man
— Trevor Magnotti (@Tmagnotti) February 24, 2014
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.