Cavs welcome Wizards in potential first round preview

Tyler Owen
April 9, 2018

As mentioned, the Cavs should be able to win out the rest of their games, but the same can be assumed for the Sixers, as they will close out the season against the Mavericks, the Hawks and at home against the Bucks.

Green calmly knocked down two free throws to give Cleveland a 116-115 lead with 21.4 seconds left.

Dominating at the offensive end, the 33-year-old James hit a pair of free throws to cut Washington's lead to 110-106 with 2:40 to go, then fed Green for a dunk that made it a two-point game at the 2:07 mark.

James' teams had an all-time record of 0-152 when falling behind by 15 or more points in the last six minutes of action, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

In addition to the playoff positioning, the come-from-behind win served as a nice "Welcome Back" to returning coach Tyronn Lue, who returned to the sideline after missing more than two weeks of action because of persistent health issues, including pains that were "very piercing through the chest and around the rib area". The Rockets swept their four-game season series with Portland.

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More important, the Sixers' triumph moved them into sole possession of third place in the Eastern Conference with three games to go in the regular season.

Behind Wall, Beal and Porter - and helped by some awful shots by the Cavs - the Wizards went on an 11-0 run to take an 82-76 lead with three minutes left in the third quarter.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Wall explained that he attempted the pass to Morris-who was stationed at the three-point line-because he didn't think officials would have called a foul had he finished his drive with a shot attempt. It's their first season sweep over the Warriors since 2011-12.

Elsewhere, the Sacramento Kings claimed a narrow 94-93 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, Damyean Dotson scored a career best 30 points and 11 rebounds as the New York Knicks defeated the Miami Heat 122-98, and the Charlotte Hornets snapped a four-game losing streak with a 137-100 victory over the Orlando Magic. Klay Thompson had 16 points before being shut out in the second half. "Those two Toronto games, them being the No. 1 seed".

The Clippers were playing for their playoff lives but the Jazz displayed the intensity and urgency from the opening tip and never trailed. "It was a big win, just seeing how they (Washington) play, if we have a chance to see them in the playoffs, I've got a lot of good adjustments for them, so we'll see". Austin Rivers led Los Angeles with 19 points, and Montrezl Harrell had 17.

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