Lessons from the Cavs first loss since the trade deadline

Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi goes for a dunk while Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James (left) looks on in their National Basketball Association game in Cleveland.

The Wizards, without John Wall, have now on eight of the last 10 games dating back to their 129-104 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on January 27. He's not expected back until mid-to-late March.

With Trier sidelined, Arizona will need even more contributions from players such as sophomore Rawle Alkins and senior Parker Jackson-Cartwright to ensure that Ayton and senior center Dusan Ristic have the room they need to operate in the front court. We had some wide-open looks where guys weren't even contesting. "My dad is a man of few words so he kind of just let me know with a smile that he was excited".

After a highly competitive first half, the Wizards almost blew a late 11-point lead when LeBron James scored 14 consecutive points to pull Cleveland within 106-103.

LeBron James was the only Cavalier player to score in the final nine minutes and the Cavs were unable to get enough stops down the stretch to salvage their offensive struggles.

The loss was the first in the last five games for the Cavaliers, who were on a four-game winning streak.

Reserve point guard Trey Burke scored a season-high 26 points to lead the Knicks, who had 23 points from forward Tim Hardaway Jr.

Cleveland had originally hoped to be awarded the 2020 or 2021 NBA All-Star game when the Cavs announced plans for a $140 million renovation to Quicken Loans Arena in December 2016 but delays as the result of a protest from a local group concerning funding for the project were costly and forced the league to look elsewhere. He shot 15 of 26 from the floor and added eight rebounds.

This Warriors' fast break is a thing of beauty, from the outlet pass to the dunk at the other end.

Reigning MVP Westbrook hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to give the Thunder a dramatic 110-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

Bucks (32-25) at Raptors (41-16), 7:30 p.m. ET - The Raptors are scorching hot, winners of seven in a row, and five of those were decided by 20 or more points.

Overall, the Cavaliers are 5-2 in the last seven meetings against the Grizzlies (since 12/21/14), outscoring them by an average of 11.0 points (104.1-93.1) over that span.

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