Wizards Vs. Cavaliers: Washington Loses 100-93 In Season Finale

The Wizards lost their final game of the season in Cleveland after a game in which the starters hardly played.

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Wizards Vs. Cavs, NBA Scores: Washington Falls 100-93 In Season Finale

Call me crazy, but I don't think the Wizards had any designs of winning vs. the Cavs. And it worked! The Wizards managed to squeak out a 100-93 loss, thus "clinching" the fourth-worst record in the NBA and more ping pong ball in the upcoming 2011 NBA Draft Lottery.

Jordan Crawford played the most minutes of any starter at just over 30 minutes. Here were the starters minutes:

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Andray Blatche did manage to throw up 20 points in his 24 minutes. You just can't hold a good man down.

The bench couldn't do enough to stop the Cavaliers vaunted attack. As such, Cleveland got revenge for the embarrassment of being the first team to lose to the Wizards at home this season.

The big difference for Cleveland was at the free throw line, where the Cavaliers had 25 makes compared to just 11 points at the line for the Wizards.

This is the last game of the season for the Wizards, who finish with 23 wins and 59 losses. But the Wizards also won six of their last 10 games. They have John Wall. Things are looking up and should turn around -- at some point.

It's been a fun season -- sometimes -- at SB Nation DC. Many thanks for lending us your eyeballs and continued support.


Wizards Vs. Cavs: Washington Looking Good, Up 50-47 In Season Finale

Once again, the Wizards look comfortable and confident in Cleveland. Of course, Washington broke its 25-game road losing streak against the Cavs in the Quicken Loans Arena back on Feb. 13. On Wednesday night the Wizards lead 50-47 at halftime, and could be on their way to another win.

Still, the Wizards could be up by quite a bit more. Washington led by 13 at the end of the first quarter and looked to be on its way to an easy win. But Flip Saunders chose to give extended minutes to his bench in the second quarter, and the unit coughed up much of that lead.

Mo Evans leads the Wizards with 12 points, while Andray Blatche has added nine points and four rebounds. Wizards fans should take note of Othyus Jeffers, who has been more than a spark plug off the bench for the Wizards -- providing strong minutes and the type of energy and commitment that inspired Washington to compete down the stretch of this season even when the faintest hopes of the playoff race were long gone. Jeffers has seven points.

Washington's defense has held the Cavaliers to 34.8 percent shooting on the night. The Wizards also have seven steals and eight blocks, compared to the Cavs who failed to register a single steal or block.


Wizards Vs. Cavs Preview: John Wall, Washington Finish Season In Cleveland

So, I wrote the Wizards vs. Cavaliers preview on Tuesday. It's true. Check below in the stream. I was getting so emotional about the season ending. No more John Wall, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee. No more Othyus Jeffers, Jordan Crawford or Kevin Seraphin. Not until next year, at least, once this game is over.

Remember when we watched all those games together when the world was watching March Madness? This is like that, except I suspect much of D.C. will be watching the Capitals vs. Rangers, in Game 1 of their NHL Playoff matchup. (And if that interests you, SB Nation DC has you covered.)

At this point, I could give you some STATS and FACTS before the game, but that's probably not necessary for this one. Instead, go read the "And So It Ends ..." post from Mike Prada at Bullets Forever. It's worth your time.

One bonus of this double-preview (and again if you want the original, just scroll down) is that I can write a little more freely. So in summation, one last thing: Today, I produced a feature on the Wizards favorite moments from the 2010-11 season. (Oh, you didn't read it? Click here to read it ...) Let me share mine. It was probably writing the post "Andray Blatche Presents: A Gentleman's Guide to Room Service."

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Wizards Vs. Cavs, NBA Schedule: John Wall, Washington Play Season Finale In Cleveland

This is it. Can you believe it? Wizards vs. Cavs in Cleveland, and then the season is over for Washington.

In the season finale, John Wall & Co. return to Cleveland, a special place for the 2010-11 Wizards. Cleveland is where Washington ended its 25-game road losing streak on Feb. 13, ensuring the team would not reach the NBA record for most consecutive road losses to start a season.

After the game, Andray Blatche told CSN's Chris Miller, "It just feel like we got a whole mountain off our back." The win was Wall's favorite moment of the season. Seriously, he told me.

This time, the circumstances are a little different. The Wizards head into Cleveland having won six of their last nine games. There are a lot of new faces -- D-League guys -- on the court. Most importantly, there's no feeling of dread. No painful absence of confidence.

Washington treated D.C. to a wild home finale against the Celtics on Monday. Can they finish the season on a high note with a win in Cleveland? We're about to find out!

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