Wizards pay back Cavs, tie series

The Washington Wizards evened up the series Tuesday night, beating the Cavaliers 89-84 at the Q. LeBron James, following his superb triple-double performance the other day, scored 26 but also turned the ball over 10 times. The Cavaliers opened up a large lead to start the game but then the Wizards got hot to make it close at the end of the first quarter. Drew Gooden, on 11-12 shooting, finished with 24 points and 16 rebounds. Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison each scored 21 and Gilbert Arenas added 30 for the Wizards.

You have to give the Wizards credit, they limited James as best they could and prevented him from driving the lane. This loss puts the Cavaliers in a difficult position because now they have essentially lost the home-court advantage. Mike Brown, LeBron, and the rest of the squad are going to have to somehow figure out how to solve Washington’s defensive formations. It also didn’t help that LeBron had four fouls going into the fourth quarter. That obviously seemed to limit his aggressiveness on both sides of the court.

“They had a great scheme by playing me 1-on-1,” said James, whose 10 turnovers were a team playoff record. “I missed a lot of shots, layups that I usually make. They did a great job. I didn’t come to play.”

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