Wizards 98 Cavs 91
November 20, 2013
Quiken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
It just wouldn’t be a Wizards game if the Wizards won comfortably. The Wizards – believe it or not – led by 27 points in the 3rd quarter, but had their lead cut to four in the 4th quarter. They were in total domination mode for the first three quarters of the game, as their starters were vastly outplaying Cleveland’s starters.
Bradley Beal was exceptionally hot from outside, knocking down six of his seven 3-point attempts. Beal was a stat-stuffer tonight finishing with 26 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds, but his 6 turnovers he’d like to forget. John Wall was leading the charge in the first half, he put his stamp with 9 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. But Wall’s production was halted in the second half, recording just 6 points and only one assist.
The Cavs’ 4th quarter run was sparked by the play of reserve Matthew Dellavedova, who knocked down a couple of key shots and frustrated Beal on the defensive side of the ball. While Dellavedova helped chip away at the lead, Kyrie Irving was inserted in the game after struggling and a long rest on the bench to really instill a scare in the Wizards. Irving poured in 18 in the final period.
With the game slipping away, the Wizards ran the offense through Nene, who had an excellent game. He helped put the game away knocking down two free throws and finding Bradley Beal for an open jump shot.
Wizards go on to win 98-91 over the Cavs to exact revenge from Saturday’s loss.
MVP: nene – 24 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists
This was between Nene and Beal, but Nene wins this with Beal having 6 turnovers and an awful night shooting inside the arc. Nene played smart the whole night, scoring in a variety of ways and throwing beautiful passes to teammates. He also helped seal the game late.
LVP: Eric Maynor – 0 points, 0 assists, 0-4 FG
For a moment, during this game I was thinking “there’s a possibility that I may not have an LVP for this game, the Wizards are flawless tonight!” But then, #SoWizards types of things started to happen. While Eric Maynor isn’t the sole reason for an almost epic collapse tonight, he certainly wasn’t one to prevent the kick starter. Maynor just struggles to run the offense and throws up terrible shots. It’s hard to give Wall legitimate rest because you can’t leave Maynor out on the court for long stretches.
Key stat of the game: – Cavs starters – 35 points
Outside of Kyrie Irving, the Cavs starters scored just seven points. That won’t win you many games in the NBA.
Tweet of the night:
John Wall sits for 30 seconds and Washington's 78 point lead is cut to 14. #MaynorTime
— Ben M (@BenAgent0) November 21, 2013