National Basketball Association roundup: James scores 57 for Cavaliers in victory

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The Wizards defeated the Cavaliers 127-115.

There is no betting line for this game due to the questionable status of Porter for the Wizards and who will replace Thompson in the lineup for the Cavaliers, but note that Cleveland have failed to cover in their last six games.

After the win, the Cavs are 10th in the East with a 4-5 record.

This game marks the return of Markieff Morris to the lineup, who was recovering from sports hernia surgery.

Wizards coach Scott Brooks was amazed by how James picked apart his team.

C Tristan Thompson is expected to be sidelined three to four weeks with a left calf strain, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced Thursday.

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Jae Crowder added: "Special". James hurdled over a seated Bradley Beal while dribbling, swatted a shot by John Wall off the backboard, and looked for a camera to wag both index fingers in the midst of a three-point play. "To see the look in his eye when he got it going, not wanting to come out of the game in the second half, you know, that's what he do". Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose, the team's healthy big-name additions to the backcourt, remain largely ineffective.

Normally, the regular season doesn't matter to the CAVS, but their defensive struggles match that of Washington's. "We had a mental edge over those guys and we were able to win. We can't let anyone come in here and score 40".

Cleveland had one of its best offensive performances of the season against Washington. As the Wizards continued to leave James in single-coverage, essentially daring him to beat them on his own, James proceeded to do exactly that. Just barely missed that one, so, me being efficient is something I always kind of harped on, and for me to - there's not too many times I take over 30 shots. PF - Kelly Oubre Jr. However, it's most likely that Otto Porter, Jr. will move over to the four to defend against James. Not only can he shoot lights out, but he has been playing consistently this season.

Not so long ago, Iman Shumpert was one of the best wing defenders in the Association and it seemed like the Cavs had landed a gem after that trade with the New York Knicks, but after several injuries, he started to rack DNP's and is way below his former self. James is in his 15th National Basketball Association season, just so you get a grasp of what he's saying, as he approaches his 33rd birthday, averaging 29.1 points per game on 37.7 minutes a night. Against the Golden State Warriors, he was the best player on the floor.

Thompson's lone ability is his offensive rebounding skills, but he's a non factor in offense and a very subpar defender as well, and with the Cavs deciding to roll with Kevin Love at center since the start of the season, they just don't need a mediocre big man like the Canadian, although moving him is going to be quite hard due to that contract. "But we somehow made it to the Finals".

The Wizards play the Cavaliers at 7 PM on ESPN.