The Washington Wizards down the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-99 at home. Wizards improve to 28-30 and Cavs fall to 41-17 on the season. John Wall posted a double double with 21 points on 8 of 11 from the field, grabbed seven rebounds, and dished out 13 assists. Otto Porter Jr. put in 21 points including five rebounds, three assists, and hit four three-pointers. Marcin Gortat pitched in 13 points on 6 of 8 from the field, plucked nine rebounds, and gave out three assists.
Bradley Beal added 17 points on 5 of 10 from the field and had two steals off the bench. Ramon Sessions notched 10 points on 2 of 6 from the floor and handed out three assists off the pine. Markieff Morris dropped in nine points on 4 of 8 shooting, and stripped away two steals. Wizards shot an exceptional 49.4 percent from the field. Wizards held the Cavs to only 40 percent shooting from the field.
Wizards were winning by as many as 26 points in this game, and the Wizards rested their starters in the entire fourth quarter during garbage time. Without LeBron James in this game, Wizards dominated the Cavs. Wizards just executed really well on offense and the Cavs could never slow them down. Wizards will host the Philadelphia 76ers next game on Monday.
For the Cavs, Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 28 points on 9 of 20 from the field, dished out six assists, and buried four three-pointers. Kevin Love concluded with 12 points on merely 4 of 11 from the field, and picked up five rebounds in 24 minutes. Richard Jefferson scored 10 points on 1 of 3 from the field, and gathered five rebounds. Timofey Mozgov recorded 10 points on 4 of 6 from the field, collected 10 rebounds, and blocked two shots off the bench. Iman Shumpert supplied 12 points on 4 of 12 from the field to go along with five rebounds, three assists, and three steals off the pine. Matthew Dellavedova finished with nine points on 3 of 7 from the field, and dished out four assists off the bench.
Jordan McRae made his Cavaliers day view and played well with eight points in seven minutes played. Cavaliers shot just 40 percent from the field and shot merely 31 percent on 9 of 29 from three-point range. Cavaliers did not play LeBron James in this game to rest home, and the Cavaliers really struggled without him. Cavaliers just played with no energy and they could not get stops on defense in this game. There was no sense of urgency for the Cavs, and it did not look like they were playing extra hard without LeBron. Cavaliers will need to get back on track next game at home on Monday against the Indiana Pacers. Cavs have now lost three of their last four games.
J.R. Smith said “If we’re going to play with a lack of energy, and come out and play the way we did today, we shouldn’t be who we are and be in these uniforms.”