Tyronn Lue's squad has already topped the Wiz once this year - dropping them in a 130-122 shootout back on November 3. You know what you're going to get from him every night; a hard worker who makes few mistakes and communicates.
One doesn't need to look any farther than the King's previous two appearances in D.C. for proof.
James finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists to move a tie with Larry Bird for sixth place on the career triple-doubles list.
The most impressive thing about all of that, though, is when the points came. James fouled out early in overtime, but Cleveland held on for the thrilling 140-135 win.
When the Cavaliers made the trade that sent away Kyrie Irving to Boston, the most critical element of the deal was the insurance policy the team got from the Celtics: the rights to the Nets' top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, projected at the time to be a top-five choice in a draft that could feature a handful of franchise cornerstones. "As the leader of this team, I'm just trying to do my part". Bradley Beal is averaging 23.6 points and 4.2 rebounds while John Wall is averaging 19.6 points and 8.7 assists.
At this point, Mitchell's late-game heroics have become the norm. The Washington Wizards have won six of their last nine home games.
The Cavs' starting backcourt can't match that kind of firepower, but the tandem's been good enough to guide Cleveland to 17 of 18 wins.
Calderon has been very solid for the Cavs since he was inserted into the starting lineup, averaging just one turnover and 2.5 assists in 22 minutes per game.
LEBRON JAMES MADE a young fan's day this week, by visiting him in hospital.
Once again, Kevin Love is quietly putting together another All-Star season and although he struggled in the first meeting against Washington, that's been a big exception to the rule through the first 29 contests.
James scored 11 points in the first quarter.
Mike Scott, a major surprise for the Wizards this season, led Washington with 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting.
Love will lock horns with the Polish Hammer, Marcin Gortat, always a tough assignment despite his offensive numbers taking a slight dip this season. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won seven of their last eight road games.
It was a 16th National Basketball Association win in 17 games for the Cavs, with James recording a 59th career triple-double on the way to victory.
Korver has now scored in double-figures in four straight games and currently leads all National Basketball Association reserves in plus/minus (+217) and is tied for the top spot with 77 triples made. Otto Porter Jr.is the third double-digit scorer and Kelly Oubre Jr.is grabbing 5.3 rebounds.
The Cavs also got a huge boost off the bench from Cedi Osman, Kyle Korver and Jeff Green, who combined for 33 points on 12-of-18 shooting and seven 3-point shots in the game.