And nothing against the surprising Indiana Pacers, who have recovered nicely from Paul George's departure, but it's the same for them.Beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in a postseason series requires a different level that neither team can reach.That leaves just two threats: Philadelphia and Toronto.Beyond everything else that happened Friday night - from LeBron James' latest masterpiece, to Jeff Green's best game, to missing two point guards for the second consecutive night, to getting exploited in transition on the second night of a back-to-back again and almost pulling off a miraculous comeback - the Cavaliers dropping to fourth in the conference was most significant.Cleveland has downplayed its desire to capture the third seed recently.
Highlighted by a Jordan Clarkson open-court steal and 360-degree dunk, the Cavs went up 45-30 early in the second quarter, but the Wizards immediately answered with a 10-2 run and trailed just 59-54 at intermission.
Six Hawks scored in double figures.
There has been plenty of speculation that LeBron James will leave the Cavaliers at the end of the current National Basketball Association season, but could Cleveland fans be left in the lurch because of The King's problem with the President. He made the first free throw, but missed the second, forcing him to deliberately miss the third in the hope of an offensive rebound and a score to tie it. Larry Nance Jr had a chance, but his tip in clunked off the rim.
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Cleveland was led by Lebron James, who was determined to put his stamp on this game.
Jaylen Brown finished with a career-high 32 points for the Celtics, who will be the east's second seed in the playoffs.
Green finished with 21 points for the Cavs, while Love had 16.
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Portland's Damian Lillard sat out after spraining his left ankle Tuesday against Dallas.
Green calmly knocked down two free throws to give Cleveland a 116-115 lead with 21.4 seconds left. It gave Houston its first points since Harden made a basket with just less than four minutes left. "It was a big win, just seeing how they (Washington) play, if we have a chance to see them in the playoffs, I've got a lot of good adjustments for them, so we'll see". The Sixers (49-30) also extended their winning streak to 13 games. Klay Thompson had 16 points before being shut out in the second half.
Beal re-discovered his perimeter shot in the final two legs of the road trip, hitting seven of 11 from 3-point range after missing all six of his attempts in Sunday's loss at Chicago.
The Warriors were swept by an Eastern Conference team for the first time since Charlotte did it in 2013-14.
The small forward pulled the Cavs within two points (119-114) on a layup with 8 minutes, 22 seconds left.
James scored 35 of 44 points after intermission.
Jazz 117, Clippers 95: Donovan Mitchell scored 19 points, Rudy Gobert had 15 point and 10 rebounds and Utah beat Los Angeles for its fourth straight victory in Salt Lake City.
Butler played 22½ minutes and was 7-for-10 from the field in his first game since getting hurt against Houston on February 23.