Washington Wizards Survive Late Rally to Defeat Cleveland Cavaliers

By Juan Pablo Aravena
Eric Mull – USA Today Sports

Coming off a great win against the Minnesota Timberwolves where they had to rally back in the second half, the Washington Wizards hoped to make it two in a row as they visited the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Quicken Loans Arena.

And despite the fast start from the team led by John Wall and Bradley Beal, they had to resist a late rally from the Cavs in the final quarter; Washington ended up winning 98-91.

The Wizards started hitting almost everything they attempted and had a solid first quarter where they led by as much as 11 points. Their offense clicked through the first three quarters and they were led by another stellar performance from Bradley Beal, who finished the game with 26 points after making six out of seven shots from beyond the arc.

It seemed like the Wizards were going to win the game easily as they entered the fourth quarter leading by 21, but the Cavaliers weren’t done and sparked by the play of reserve guard Matthew Dellavedova, they put some heavy pressure all over the court to shorten the gap as much as possible. The Cavaliers outscored the Wizards by 14 in the final period, but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback.

It has to be nice to see the Wizards backcourt finally doing what they’re supposed to as they have been leading the offense in these two last games. The duo of Marcin Gortat and Nene has the potential to be a solid pairing inside the paint on both ends of the court but if the Wizards want to reach their postseason goal this year, they will need to avoid making the mistakes they did late in the game today.

Another team with more experience would’ve made them pay and the outcome of the game could’ve been different.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google.

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