Bradley Beal had 18 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. added 17 as the Washington Wizards (34-24) ended the Cleveland Cavaliers' (34-26) four-game winning streak at the Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday (Friday AEDT). Where I am now, I think we can be really good. "I like the start, I like the direction we're headed". And for the most part, the Cavs are as well.
LeBron James was the only Cavalier player to score in the final nine minutes and the Cavs were unable to get enough stops down the stretch to salvage their offensive struggles.
In conference games Trier is averaging 18.1 points, which is tied for third in the Pac-12 with Oregon State's Tres Tinkle, and 3.2 assists per game while shooting 52.0 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. Getting traded to his hometown team, a move that general manager Koby Altman said almost brought Nance Jr.to tears.He can now add another: The 1:52 mark of the first quarter Thursday night.That's when Nance Jr. entered for the first time as a member of the Cavaliers in front of the home fans, subbing out Tristan Thompson while receiving a deafening and chilling ovation.Larry Nance Jr, receives a huge ovation as he checks in for the Cavs in Cleveland for the first time. "Just didn't make a lot of shots". Between clashing styles on the court and personalities off of it, Cleveland lost 13 of 19 games between Christmas and February 6 in a stretch that general manager Koby Altman eventually referred to as "marching a slow death".
The subtext, of course, is that mere weeks ago, such positivity would have been tough to find following a Cavs loss. The four-time MVP was not disappointed with the loss as the Cavs continue to integrate new acquisitions Jordan Clarkson, George Hill, Rodney Hood and Larry Nance Jr.
With so many pieces in place, there will be bumps along the way.
"It's a learning experience", Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue said after the game. "We're anticipating that we're [the next] in line and we'll get one, and soon".