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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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How to watch Pistons at Wizards ‘Predict the Game’ broadcast

How to watch Pistons at Wizards ‘Predict the Game’ broadcast

The Washington Wizards return to Capital One Arena to host the Detroit Pistons on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at 2 p.m. 

The Wizards are hoping to not only bounce back after suffering from a tough 140-111 loss in Toronto Friday night but also to snap their losing streak at home. Monday’s game will be the Wizards last home, before hitting the road until they return home on January 30th. 

The Wizards currently lead the series 2-1, the Wizards won both matchups against the Pistons on Nov.4 and Dec. 16. However, most recently the Wizards fell short 132-102 on Dec 26th. Will the Wizards be able to win the season series on Monday?

Take your Wizards experience to the next level and get involved in the action with NBC Sports Washington's newest Predict the Game contest.


What is this broadcast? Predict the Game is an easy-to-enter, free contest that allows fans to predict various game and player performance outcomes through a series of approximately 12-15 questions per quarter that will appear on-screen during the alternate telecast on NBC Sports Washington Plus. Predict the Game leaderboards will be displayed at select times, and the winner of each contest will be revealed throughout the game and during NBC Sports Washington’s postgame coverage.

Where can I find it? Contest questions and leaderboards will be displayed on NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder).

Additionally, the broadcast can be streamed on desktopiOS and Android devices. 

The NBC Sports Washington Plus presentation will, for the first time, feature special hosts, who will appear at various times to address Predict the Game participants and provide contest updates, information and results. The enhanced experience will contain the majority of the same video and audio (including announcers) as the primary live-game coverage, which will be available simultaneously on NBC Sports Washington.

How do I win? Fans will earn points for both answering questions (1 point) and correct predictions (1 or 2 points, depending on the question), with the top eligible scorer at the end of each game earning or splitting the $500 prize.

Each quarter will be its own contest, with an entirely new leaderboard starting from scratch, so even if fans miss out on the start of the game there will still be plenty of time to play and win. 

Fans must enter Predict the Game, which is open to join throughout the entire game, and submit their predictions at www.nbcsportswashington.com/predict.


What: Washington Wizards vs. Detroit Pistons

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 2:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Pistons will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Pistons on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM


1:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)

1:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)

2:00 PM: Wizards vs. Pistons (LIVE)

4:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)

5:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live (LIVE)

5:30 PM: Wizards Talk (LIVE)


January 6: vs Boston (7 p.m.)

January 20: vs Detroit (2 p.m.)

January 26: at Atlanta (6 p.m.)

February 3: vs Golden State (7 p.m.)

February 11: vs Chicago (7 p.m.)

February 21: vs Cleveland (7 p.m.)

February 26: vs Brooklyn (7 p.m.)

March 3: at Sacramento (10 p.m.)

March 10: vs New York (7 p.m.)

March 18: at Brooklyn (7:30 p.m.)

March 15: vs Phoenix (7 p.m.)

April 1: vs New Orleans (7 p.m.)

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports. Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream Capitals and Wizards games easily from your device.


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Warriors' Stephen Curry could return from injury on March 1 vs Wizards

Warriors' Stephen Curry could return from injury on March 1 vs Wizards

According to The Athletic's Marcus Thompson II, Steph Curry is aiming to return to play on March 1 when the Golden State Warriors host the Washington Wizards.

This game will be second of a four-game West coast swing, starting in Utah and hitting San Francisco, Sacramento and Portland before returning home.

Curry has been sidelined since Oct. 30 with a broken left hand. He had surgery on Nov. 1 and was ruled out at least three months.

If he does indeed return on March 1, he could play in 22 more regular season games this year. There were rumors that he would sit the entire season, but apparently Curry is focused on a return this spring, according to more from Thompson II. 

"I've been making progress," Curry said via NBC Sports Bay Area during the Warriors game vs Orlando on Saturday. "No setbacks which is definitely encouraging to get back to 100% as soon as possible."

The Wizards vs Warriors game will tipoff at 8:30 p.m. EST.