Look out, NBA: LeBron James puts up 57 points and says he’s never felt better after Cavaliers beat Wizards
Cleveland end four-game losing streak as James scores second-highest points total of his career in 130-122 win in Washington
Look out, NBA. Walking to the locker room after scoring 57 points, LeBron James expressed what amounted to a warning for upcoming opponents: “This is the best I’m feeling in my career.”
Just in case there were any questions about Eastern Conference supremacy, James poured in the second-highest point total of his career and an NBA-best this season to help his Cleveland Cavaliers end a four-game losing skid by beating the Washington Wizards 130-122 on Friday night.
“Every shot that I took,” the four-time league MVP said, “I felt like it was going in.”
He hadn’t scored this much since getting a career-high 61 for the Miami Heat on March 3, 2014, against the Charlotte Hornets.
And James did it efficiently against Washington, making 23 of 34 field-goal tries and all nine free throws, adding 11 rebounds and seven assists.
“He still has it, if you guys didn’t know that,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “We knew that.”
Perhaps. But neither Brooks nor his players could find a way to slow James. Several Wizards tried to – including All-Star point guard John Wall, even after he hurt his left shoulder so badly that he was wearing a black sling in the locker room.
“It’s on fire right now,” Wall said about his shoulder, which he hurt in a collision with Channing Frye. “It was like my arm went dead.”
Wall stayed in the game but had X-rays afterwards and is awaiting results.
At 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds, Wall never really stood much of a chance against James, who is listed at 6-8, 250, especially in the low post.
“Whenever you’re hitting tough, hand-in-your-face turnaround fadeaways from off the left and the right shoulder, it’s your night,” Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jnr said about James. “He was on a different level tonight.”