Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
There are some basketball games that are highlight worthy, well tonight was just one of those, the only problem, it wasn’t a Wizards highlight we were talking about. It was the King James show and his 57 points that made the night memorable and one of the best performances of LeBron James’ career.
James previous career best night was 61 points was in 2014 when we was a member of the Heat and tonight was his second best performance that led the Cavaliers to 130-122 victory at Capitol One Arena.
James had his way with the Wizards defense, making 23 of 34 field-goal tries and all nine free throws, adding 11 rebounds and seven assists.
”He still has it, if you guys didn’t know that,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. ”We knew that.”
For the Wizards, the emergence of Bradley Beal as one of the best in the league continued to show tonight with 36 points.
James reached at least 10 points for the 800th game in a row; Michael Jordan (866) is the only other NBA player with a streak that long. … James, 32, also became the youngest player to reach 29,000 career points in the NBA. Last season, he became the youngest to reach 27,000, and then the youngest to reach 28,000.
One of the biggest problems for the Wizards so far this season has been putting a solid balance of starter vs bench performance and also having both Wall and Beal be able to combine for more than one player on an opposing team. Wall handed out 15 assists, but was just 5 for 12 on free throws, which would make big difference in the fourth quarter for the Wizards.