Like many games, the Wizards found a way to get to a big lead early, leading 41-32 thanks to forcing Cleveland into six turnovers. They led by as many as 16 points in the second quarter.
But from there, it was a slow, painful regression back to the mean, and then some. Washington’s shooting cooled down while Cleveland kept chipping away, and chipping away at that lead some more.
Bradley Beal had the highlight of the game with this posterizing dunk on Andre Drummond in the middle of the third quarter while Washington was still leading.
BEAL YAMMED ALL OVER DRUMMOND pic.twitter.com/emAEc9YAFD— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 22, 2020
But it doesn’t really mean much when the Wizards ended up shooting just 31 percent from the field in the quarter when he made that dunk, even though I’ll admit it was nice. Beal finished with 34 points, but shot just 9-of-28 from the field. It wasn’t exactly his best night.
Rui Hachimura also added 17 points and 7 rebounds.
For Cleveland, Collin Sexton led their scorers with 24 points. However, their center duo of Andre Drummond (12 points, 12 rebounds) and Tristan Thompson (10 points, 11 rebounds) also had double-doubles.
The Wizards will head on the road this Sunday to face off against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, Feb. 23. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET.