Prior to Friday night’s matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Washington Wizards, John Wall said the Cavs gave up their chance to become the Eastern Conference’s number one seed to avoid meeting them (The Wizards) in the playoffs. At the time of Wall’s comments, the Cleveland Cavaliers had lost four straight games by a combined 63 points, something LeBron James hadn’t experienced since March of 2004 as a rookie. But, on Friday, LeBron was ready for redemption, with one thing on his mind – winning.
The baller laced up his “Long Live The King” kicks and prepared for what would be a record-breaking night.
LeBron put up 34 shots, draining 23 of them, which is the most by any player since Kobe Bryant made 22 in his final game as a Los Angeles Laker. The King scored an NBA season-high 57 points in the team’s 130-122 win over the Wizards, snapping their four-game losing streak.
LeBron’s 57-point game, landed him among “The Answer,” with the sixth-most 50-point games in NBA history. In addition to moving up in the ranks for 50 pieces, the baller also became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 29,000 career points, as he finished his record-breaking performance with 29,049.
“When he plays like that – I mean, every night he’s dominate – but that right there shows that everyone talks about,” Dwyane Wade, who was also LeBron’s teammate when he dropped 61 on the then-Charlotte Bobcats in 2014. “He’s the best player in the game – he’s the best player in the word. When he’s in that kind of rhythm, that kind of mindset, no one on the court can stop him. He knew how important this game was for us, after losing four in a row. He put us on his back, and everyone chipped in.”
LeBron’s performance let it be known that he is, in fact, the greatest player in the world, and the sole reason that the Cavs, despite their lackluster performance so far, can, once again, make it to the NBA finals. Lucky for Cavs fans, LeBron says this is the best he’s ever felt in his career, despite being in his 15th season.