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Shit was LIT: Cavs vs. Wizards - 2/6/17 Recap

Shit was LIT: Cavs vs. Wizards - 2/6/17 Recap

I could be wrong, but the Cavs have played in the two best games of the year so far this NBA season. Who could forget the crazy fun, intense Christmas Day matchup between the new-look Warriors and the defending champs (we won't speak on the rematch two weeks later). We're fresh off of an epic, unheard of, remember-where-you-were moment when the Falcons reverted back to who they are...the Falcons. Good times.

Enter Monday night, where the NBA brought us an enticing matchup between the Washington Wizards and the Cavs of Cleveland. I expected this game to be fun given we have Wall, Beal, Kyrie, Bron, and Love all on the same court but not THIS fun. Washington welcomed Cleveland to their home building in which they have been winners of 17 straight and winners of seven straight overall (teams longest in 12 years, btw). This was a big test for Washington given they have not really played anyone recently that will be relevant in the postseason. The first quarter was a back and forth affair, as was the entire game pretty much. Bradley Beal was great, scoring 41 points and throwing eight assists.

The story of the game, you ask? LeBron James. He was masterful. Cleveland shot 53.3 from the floor and a staggering 19 for 38 from 3 and he was the driving force. When he was not scoring 32 points and dunking on people, he was dishing to open teammates en route to a career-high 17 assists. Here's a stat for you, Bron accounted for 74 of the Cavs' 120 regulation points. That is good for 61.7 (!!!!!!) percent of his teams points. Oh, and he just hit the turnaround game-tying 3-point shot with no time remaining. He's still the motherfucking king until further notice.

Bron fouled out about a minute into the overtime period after playing 42 minutes. Kevin Love scored 39 and Kyrie absolutely took over during OT. He left ankles all over the court and parking lot. He did not care if you lotion’d your ankles up or not; they stood no chance. Kyrie even mimicked the shot that won the finals just because. Uncle Drew brought the Cavs home to a 140-135 victory, whether the Wizards were ready for their night to end or not.

For the Cavs, Bron's calling for another playmaker is valid; it took a herculean from each member of the Big Three to get it done. Fact of the matter is though; Cavs still have the firepower to go toe-to-toe with any teams best punch. The Wizards proved they belong despite heavily relying on their six-man rotation, which consists of an oft-injured Bradley Beal (a stud when healthy) and an aging big in Marcin Gortat, who is playing more minutes than he ever has before in his career (what's the worst that can happen, right?). If Wiz keep this up, this will be an ECF that I would gladly take seven of.

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