Washington, D.C., USA : “This is a beautiful country and we’re never going to let one person dictate how beautiful and how powerful we are,” LeBron James four-time NBA MVP addressed President Trump, after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Washington Wizards with his fourth triple-double in the past five games.
LeBron James made a statement with his shoes — one black, one white, with “equality” in gold capital letters — which he changed into at halftime.
In a matchup of Eastern Conference division leaders, James finished with 20 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Washington Wizards 106-99 on Sunday night for their 18th victory in 19 games.
Kevin Love led Cleveland with 25 points and added nine rebounds. Jeff Green added 15 points, and Kyle Korver scored 11.
The last time these teams played, at Washington on Nov. 3, Cleveland won thanks to 57 points from James.
Neither team led by more than seven until Wall turned the ball over, leading to a fast break for James, who was fouled at the other end and completed the three-point play for a 103-94 lead.
That was part of a 23-16 edge for the Cavs in the fourth quarter, which began with the teams tied at 83.
The Cavs finished with 24 assists, ending their streak of three consecutive games with at least 30. Cleveland made 14 3-pointers, its 20th game in a row with at least 10. The Cavs scored at least 100 points for the 24th straight game.
LeBron James overtook Hakeem Olajuwon for ninth-most made field goals in NBA history and tied Nick Van Exel for 24th-most 3-pointers.
John Wall’s 3 shortly before halftime moved him up to No. 5 on Washington’s franchise scoring list. He began the night at No. 7, but surpassed Phil Chenier and Gus Johnson in the second quarter.