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5 (10) must-see moments from Wizards' loss to Cavs

5 (10) must-see moments from Wizards' loss to Cavs

Here are five - or, actually 10 - plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 140-135 overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night at the Verizon Center that are worth revisiting...

1. This game was one of the wildest that the Wizards have played in a long, long time, one that head coach Scott Brooks described as "an instant classic." The Wizards and Cavs traded blow after blow through 53 minutes and Cleveland needed some miracle shots to emerge with the victory. There were far too many moments to go with the usual five, so we picked 10 of them. 

The entertainment started early with this dunk by LeBron James on a fastbreak. He soared over Markieff Morris and finished with two hands. Morris even lost his shoe on the play:

2. John Wall had a big dunk of his own soon after. Wall drove and finished with his left hand, as he is prone to do:

 

3. Jason Smith brought some energy off the Wizards' bench with four points and four rebounds in his first five minutes. He also had this block, which set Wizards Twitter on fire:

4. LeBron set a career-high with 17 assists in the game. This was his best, a perfectly-thrown pass to Kevin Love, who drained a corner three:

5. Bradley Beal has gotten good at stepback jumpers and on this one sent Iman Shumpert to the X-ray room with an ankle injury:

6. Beal wasn't done there. He ended up with 41 points, including three on this play:

Check the celebration. Beal was feeling it:

7. This was the play you will probably see over and over for the next 24 hours. With his team down three late in the fourth, LeBron banked in an impossible fadeaway three to tie it and send the game to overtime:

8. The reactions from Wizards fans to that shot perfectly encapsulated the moment:

9. Wall hit some big shots of his own, including this and-1 with 1:37 left in overtime. Once he got up, he did Isaiah Thomas' celebration, pointing to his watch:

10. James ended up fouling out just :47 seconds into overtime. But unfortunately for the Wizards, Kyrie Irving then stepped up and took over. He hit a huge three-pointer to push Cleveland over the top. It was in nearly the same spot he knocked down his famous shot in Game 7 of the NBA Finals:

Now, for some memes on your way out:

The Wizards' 17-game home winning streak came to an end on Monday night. Next up is the Brooklyn Nets, Wednesday night on CSN.

[RELATED: LeBron denies Carmelo for Love trade, calls reporter 'trash']

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2018 NBA Playoffs Wizards-Raptors Game 4: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

2018 NBA Playoffs Wizards-Raptors Game 4: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night in Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:

GAME 4: TORONTO RAPTORS AT WASHINGTON WIZARDS

Series: Raptors lead 2-1
Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 6 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (pregame coverage begins at 5 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Time to get even

After a momentous Game 3 win, the Wizards have breathed some life back into their season. On Sunday, they can make this a brand new series.

With a win in Game 4 for the Wizards, they would tie the series and send it back to Toronto ensuring another home game in Washington. A loss would put them down 3-1, a deficit that has historically been hard to overcome.

Only 11 teams have accomplished the feat, most notably the Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals. The Warriors did the same that year in the conference finals. It has only been done three times since 2006. 

How will Raptors respond?

Game 3 took on a much different tone and style than the previous two and it played into the Wizards' hands. It was much more physical and Washington did a good job of instigating contact and using it to their advanage. After the game, several players highlighted Markieff Morris shoving OG Anunoby and Serge Ibaka as a turning point.

Just because it worked in Game 3 doesn't mean it will carry over successfully in Game 4. Not only could the Raptors respond with their own dose of brutality, but the referees may try to nip anything of the sort in the bud early on.

It would not be surprising if Game 4 was officiated very tightly and if a message was sent in the first quarter to the players. After seeing how well it worked in Game 3, the Wizards will likely try to test the limits.

Playoff Beal

The Raptors will also try to adjust their defense following Bradley Beal's 28-point outburst in Game 3. He wasn't much of a factor in the first two games of the series, but broke out in Game 3 to lead the Wizards to a win.

The Wizards did a good job of getting Beal involved early. He was found for open looks from three in the first half and had two three-pointers in each of the first two quarters. Beal also took it upon himself to attack the rim and force the issue.

The Raptors held Beal back in the first two games by being rough with him and in Game 2 they got him in foul trouble. Surely he will be a big emphasis of their gameplan on Sunday.

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The Wizards dominated Game 3 because everybody ate ... literally

The Wizards dominated Game 3 because everybody ate ... literally

The Wizards returned to Washington, D.C. on Friday down 0-2 to the Raptors in their best-of-seven 2018 NBA Playoffs first-round series

The team lost a close one in Game 1 and was run out of the building in Game 2. Game 3 was must-win, and the Wizards knew what needed to happen in order for them to secure the victory.

"Everybody eats." 

That's the phrase that has defined the Wizards throughout much of the season They are at their best when John Wall is making plays and feeding his teammates.

On Friday night, the Wizards beat the Raptors 122-103 to force at least a Game 5. Wall finished with 28 points and 14 assists.

Bradley Beal finally broke out of his slump for 28 points and  Marcin Gortat, Mike Scott and Kelly Oubre all chipped in with at least 10 points.

But the stat sheet wasn't the only place where everybody eats.

Here's Marcin Gortat from Game 3. 

But if pantomiming isn't your thing, here is Bradley Beal actually eating popcorn during Game 3.

So what did we learn in Game 3? Well, for starters: "Everybody Eats" is not just a motto, it is a way of life.

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