Thursday, the Wizards traveled to Cleveland as the new-look Cavaliers hosted their first home game since they retooled almost half their roster at the NBA trade deadline.
Expectations were high for Cavs fans heading into the game at Quicken Loans Arena. Unfortunately for them, the Wizards, also sporting a new-look lineup, beat the Cavaliers 110-103.
The Wizards' new lineup certainly didn't happen by design. Star point guard John Wall has missed the past 10 games with a knee injury. He's not expected back until mid-to-late March.
Yet the Wizards (34-24) are now 8-2 with Wall sidelined. Guard Bradley Beal generated criticism earlier this month when he said "Everybody eats" when Wall is out. Some took that as a slap at Wall, but Beal clarified that his comment meant everyone must move the ball and defend with Wall out. And after scoring 18 points and adding nine assists to key Washington's win over Cleveland, Beal reiterated his "Everybody eats," slogan.
"Everybody eats. I'm going to keep saying it, man," Beal told TNT afterward. "That's the way we need to play.
"We've got so many guys who can put the ball on the floor and shoot the 3. We just trust each other. We know there are big shoes to fill with John being out. Everybody has to step it up, not just myself, everybody. … We want John to get back at 110 percent, but we're going to hold it down until he does."
The Wizards had a balanced diet against the Cavs, with five players in double figures. Tomas Satoransky and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 17 apiece for the Wizards, while Otto Porter Jr. scored 15 and Jodie Meeks added 10.
As for Cleveland (34-23), LeBron James put on a show down the stretch, scoring the Cavs' final 14 points to finish with 32 for the game. But it wasn't enough as the Cavaliers had their four-game winning streak snapped.
Studs of the night
Bulls forward Bobby Portis scored a career-high 38 off the bench in a 116-115 loss to the 76ers. He shot 15 of 26 from the floor and added eight rebounds.
Knicks guard Trey Burke (7.4 ppg entering the night) poured in 26 points off the bench (12-of-22 shooting) in a 120-113 win over the Magic.
Dud of the night
Nets forward DeMarre Carroll hit only 2 of 12 shots from the field (0 for 5 from 3-point territory) and finished with six points in a 111-96 loss to the Hornets. Carroll has played very well lately, though, with double-doubles in three of his last four games heading into Thursday.
This Warriors' fast break is a thing of beauty, from the outlet pass to the dunk at the other end.
Russell Westbrook beat the buzzer to drop the Kings 110-107.