Cavs 103 Wizards 96 (OT)
November 16, 2013
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
Luckily there’s only [ insert rounded digit ] games left.
That seems to have become the default locker room reaction subsequent to each unvaried loss. I could literally copy and paste blurbs upon blurbs from past articles to recount the Wizards’ loss to Cleveland on Saturday night. A wasted double digit lead, contentious player rotations, bad free throw shooting, and an exhibition of bricked shots led to the Wizards’ ultimate collapse in overtime and dropped them to a dismal 2-7 record.
The Wizards surrendered to 41 points by Kyrie Irving, who began the game sluggish, before turning it on for 17 points in the second quarter alone. And oh those dreaded second quarters. Where your studs get shelved and the head coach conducts his routine mix and match exercise. With John Wall on the bench, the Wizards saw a 15-point lead shrink down to 8 before Wittman decided to sub him back in. But Irving and CJ Miles were already too hot and by halftime, the lead was only 5 for the Wizards. Irving and Miles would score 21 of the Cavs’ 26 points in the 2nd quarter.
The Wizards would inevitably lose the lead early in the 3rd quarter, but managed to quickly retain it and go back up by as much as nine thanks to Nene and Marcin Gortat. Nene had seven points in that quarter, showing his feistiness under the rim, as well as looking sharp on his midrange.
In the 4th, the Wizards had a shot at sealing the game….a free throw shot…..and, yeah, let’s just move past that and wrap this. The Wizards eventually seemed to have grown tired in extra time and got outlasted by seven, losing 103-96.
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