The Reaction: Harangody Double-Doubles as Cleveland Rocks, 98-89
No energy. No result. The Wizards dropped their 45th game of the season, this time in a home meeting with the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers. TAI’s Rashad Mobley (@rashad20) and John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend) have the reaction.
Luke Harangody. On Friday night, he was playing for the Canton Charge in the D-League. He flew into D.C. today, participated in shootaround, and as he walked off the court, Byron Scott told him he was starting in place of Antawn Jamison. Harangody led the Cavaliers in both scoring and rebounding (16 and 10), and he hit a big 3-pointer in the fourth quarter to break the Wizards’ momentum. And for his efforts, he will be sent back to the D-League.
-John Converse Townsend
James Singleton’s 19-foot jumper to start the fourth quarter tied the game at 73, the first tie since the score was knotted at 22 at the end of the opening quarter. The Cavaliers responded to the pressure on consecutive possessions with a corner 3-pointer from Luke Harangody and a 3-point play from Omri Casspi, who made the hoop with the harm. Those buckets sparked a 16-7 Cleveland run, giving the Cavs an insurmountable 89-80 lead with under six minutes to play.
-John Converse Townsend
Free throw shooting. The Cavs shot just 2-for-5 from the free throw line in the first half, but increased both their output and efficiency from the stripe in the final two quarters. Cleveland finished the game with 27 made free throws on 33 attempts, compared to 9-of-12 for Washington.
That Was … Odd.
The day after the Cavaliers overtime loss against the Pacers on Wednesday night, Coach Byron Scott talked to Antawn Jamison about the three consecutive games coming up on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Coach Scott asked Jamison how he felt, and Jamison said he felt like a boxer out there giving all that he had on tired legs. The Cavaliers decided that Jamison would play Friday against Indiana and Sunday against the Orlando Magic. The game he rested was against his former team, the Washington Wizards — not that Jamison would recognize anyone on this version of the Wizards.
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