3 Things We Learned from the Wizards Overtime Loss to Cleveland

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Feb 6, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) makes a move to the basket asCleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) defends during the third quarter at Verizon Center. Cleveland Cavaliers defeated Washington Wizards 140-135 in third quarter. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 6, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) makes a move to the basket as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) defends during the third quarter at Verizon Center. Cleveland Cavaliers defeated Washington Wizards 140-135 in third quarter. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Wizards lost a close one Monday, 140-135, to Cleveland in overtime. But the young Wizards showed a lot of fight against the defending NBA champions.

The Washington Wizards pushed the Cleveland Cavaliers to the brink Monday night, but they couldn’t get the win. It took some added heroics from superstars Kyrie Irving and LeBron James to get the 140-135 overtime victory.

James made a three-pointer off the glass with 0.3 seconds left to send the game into an extra session. The Wizards’ 17-game home winning streak and seven-game winning streak overall are no more. But there were a lot of positive takeaways from the game as well.

The Wizards are now 2-8 against Cleveland in their last 10 meetings. Granted, Cleveland shot 19-for-38 from three and 53.3 percent from the floor as a team. But, Washington doesn’t have much to hang its head about.

They got arguably the best performance from their Big Three, who combined for 94 points.

Forward Otto Porter Jr. and shooting guard Bradley Beal stepped up their play big time as well. Porter Jr. scored 25 points, shooting 5-for-7 from the three-point line and 8-for-11 overall.

Beal was one point shy of tying his career-high in points with 41. He shot the ball at a high volume, connecting on 16-of-28 shots on the night. He was 6-for-14 from three.

Each Wizards starter scored in double figures, but still Cleveland prevailed. With a lot more season to go, here are three things we learned about the Washington Wizards in their loss.

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