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Which first round playoff opponent could they upset — Washington Wizards

08 April, 2018, 02:56 | Author: Lora Ball
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Once the game started, for the first two quarters James wasn't the best player on the court. He had a chance to tie the score when he was fouled on a three-point attempt with 1.9 seconds left. Taylor, who shot 1-for-8 against the Heat at home, is averaging 6.4 points and 3.0 assists. The Sixers also extended their win streak to 13 games.

That is a pretty impressive factoid, to say the least, especially since Simmons and the Sixers (49-30) leapfrogged James and the Cavs (49-31) in the standings to take control of the No. 3 seed in a wild Eastern Conference playoff race.

John Wall missing around eight weeks this season is a major reason why the Wizards have not played up to expectations.

James issued an emphatic reminder of why he is the best player on the planet by dominating on both ends of the floor like only he really can.

"They completely understand that it's now April and we're going to blink and be playing in the playoffs", 76ers coach Brett Brown said. The Washington game makes some sense from a scheduling perspective, since the Celtics finish the season at home the next night.

He scored 21 points in the third and hit successive 3-pointers in the fourth that helped pull Cleveland to 111-109.

76ers: The 78 points were the most the Sixers had scored in any half since they had 80 on February 11, 1992, vs. Miami.

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James finished with a game-high 33 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists in the victory.

"We were all excited to be here in Philadelphia and play before an incredible crowd in such a big game", Brown said.

Last meeting: The Wizards won 110-103 in Cleveland on February 22.

"I already knew that on the play before that when I drove on LeBron that I wasn't gonna get a call, so why put myself in that position?"

James played the role of the villain.

James was booed each time he touched the ball and signs were spotted in the stands that read "Keep Cryin' in Cleveland" and "We Don't Want You".

Washington is going to the playoffs and Philly is on the path to becoming the next great team for years to come. "It started with A.I".

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But they couldn't figure out James and once the closing minutes set in, there was nothing they could do to stop him. The fans haven't changed.

Now all that said, the Wizards have the tools to compete with any team they match up against in the playoffs and that includes the Cavs. If they do what is needed, then their route back to the finals should be much easier. They're riding on win streak. "It's always been kind of rowdy coming here". "I love talking the game, so I don't think of it being a problem at all".

Serge Ibaka scored 25 points to lead the Raptors to a franchise-record 57th season win.

The Cavaliers mounted a furious comeback in the third and fourth quarters.

James can opt out of his contract this summer - he has a $35.6 option - with Cleveland and become a free agent. He bullied his way to the basket or found shooters, such as Kevin Love (17 points) and Jeff Green (30 points), open on the perimeter. The Wizards dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Cavs 36-23. He missed 34 games with left knee surgery but is back, though he's struggled to shoot (9-of-27 in two games). This would have been considered a successful season if the Sixers just made the postseason, but that's no longer the case.

Gregg Popovich hired Hammon, a standout player in her own right in the WNBA, in 2014 to join his staff as the first full-time female assistant coach in the National Basketball Association. The two teams face one another Friday in Philadelphia.

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