Just when the Cavs’ looked like they were on the decline, LeBron James stepped up and saved the day. At least that’s what happened on Friday in Cleveland’s 130-122 win over the Wizards, which snapped a four-game losing streak.
James scored an NBA season-high 57 points en route to becoming the youngest player in NBA history to reach 29,000 career points, according to ESPN.com. The 32-year-old finished the night with 29,049 career points and it was his 800th straight game scoring in the double digits, joining only Michael Jordan (866) to reach that mark.
“(James) knew how important this game was for us, after losing four in a row. He put us on his back, and everyone chipped in,” Dwyane Wade said after the game. “That right there shows what everyone talks about. He’s the best player in the game — he’s the best player in the world. When he’s in that kind of rhythm, that kind of mindset, no one on the court can stop him.”
ames played 43 out of a possible 48 minutes, and it wasn’t just his teammates who took notice of how well he controlled the court. Wizards coach Scott Brooks gave the veteran huge credit saying, “He still has it.”
“We obviously witnessed one of the best players to ever play the game,” Brooks said. “He still has it, if you guys didn’t know that. We knew that. Going into the game, very rarely you see a guy hit like 10 straight heat-check shots. It seems like every shot he was contested, and a lot of them were midrange. I think out of 34 shots he had four 3s. We tried everything.”
James had been quoted earlier this season saying the Cavs are “fine” despite their losing streak, and it looks like the superstar knows what he’s talking about. James gave credit to never giving up on the “process” after his historic performance.
Power performance by KingJames , 57 points against the Wizards, his first 50+ point game since he played for the Heat.Credit: NBA
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“Just don’t get bored with the process. I work on my game every day, and the shots that I was taking, pretty much all of them I work on,” James said. “There’s not too many times I take over 30 shots. But if I do, I want to be very efficient with them, and I was able to do that tonight.”