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Twitter reacts to LeBron James' stunning 57-point outburst against the Wizards

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With the Cleveland Cavaliers making a horrible start to the season and on a four-game losing streak, LeBron James decided to put the team on his back and take matters into his own hands.

The King produced one of the best performances of his career as he dropped 57 points in a much-needed win over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

The Cavs came away from the Capital One Arena with a 130-122 victory and had their superstar to thank for finally addressing their ugly skid as he posted the second most points of his career.

Cleveland still has many flaws, particularly on the defensive end where they were abysmal once again, but with the best player on the planet in their ranks, they still remain a force.

The manner of his 57-point outburst was made even more impressive by his shooting percentage as he hit an incredible 23-of-34 from the field and only sank two three-pointers and nine free throws.

He dominated every defender the Wizards threw at him from John Wall to Bradley Beal as they had no answer for the 13-time All-Star.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Washington Wizards

The four-time MVP also remarkably played 43 minutes and refused to come out of the game in the second half as he was in a zone and was determined to lead his team to a win.

As you'd expect, LeBron's huge night sent NBA Twitter into a frenzy with some brilliant reactions.

LBJ's last game of 50 points or more came in 2014 as a member of the Miami Heat when he dropped a career-high 61 on the Charlotte Bobcats.

Like last night, Dwyane Wade was fortunate enough to be his teammate on that occasion and witness it first hand.

"A lot of people want him to do that all the time, right?" said Wade.

"They say, 'Why doesn't he do that all the time?' That's a lot of wear and tear in that paint. He plays on top of the key because he's a pass-first guy. But tonight he knew no one could guard him and we needed it. He put on a clinic."

Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

James' offensive outburst was timely for the Cavaliers as they were coming into the contest on the back of heavy defeats to the likes of the Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks and New Orleans Pelicans.

They were struggling to address their slide and it was maybe going to take something special to galvanise them and potentially kickstart their campaign.

King James did that in style and he'll hope that it will prove to be the catalyst for the Wine and Gold going forward.

LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
Dwyane Wade
Miami Heat
Southeast Division

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