The Wizards didn't help their cause pre game as they essentially lit the fuse that is the rocket ship known as Lebron making outlandish statements about being the best in the East and how they felt like the Cavs intentionally dodged them a year ago in the playoffs. Not only that, but they both firmly believed their Wizards were the best in the East.
The Washington Wizards will be without their All-Star point guard John Wall for their big meeting with the Toronto Raptors on Sunday evening. "I don't want to cap myself", said James, who recorded his first 50-point game since returning to his hometown Cavaliers. The over is 4-4 in their first eight games this year.
The Cavaliers ultimately qualified for their third straight NBA Finals, but they fell short of their second straight title after running into a historically efficient Warriors team.
Tim Frazier will start at point guard for the Wizards, coach Scott Brooks said. Jordan Clarkson added 19 points and Brandon Ingram had 18 for the Lakers, but Lonzo Ball scored just six on 3 of 15 shooting.
In Atlanta, James Harden had 29 points and 11 assists before sitting the fourth quarter as the Houston Rockets bombed away early from three-point range to beat the Atlanta Hawks 119-104. He's slated to undergo an X-ray Friday after the game, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.
James declined to engage when he was asked about Beal's and Wall's comments.
"Each and every night", Beal said. Rose also went 6 for 7 in the period, scoring 13, as the visitors went up 42-36.
The Wizards are, unsurprisingly, significantly better this season when Wall is on the court, but the on/off splits for the offense are especially staggering.
The Wizards are scheduled to visit the Raptors at 10am (AEDT) on Monday.