The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Washington Wizards 121-115, winning their fifth in a row. Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving was the star of the game putting on a show in the fourth scoring 21 points in the quarter. The explosive guard would end up with 32 points for the game. At one point Irving scored 10 points in a row in the fourth quarter as he helped Cleveland keep a comfortable lead on the Wizards. Essentially closing the door on any Washington rally attempt, to put the game away.
Throughout the game the Cavaliers seemed to be in control and had 62-50 led going into half. During the third quarter, the Wizards were able to close the gap slightly. Still, Cleveland never let it get closer than 95-89.
The Cavs also got big games from LeBron James and J.R. Smith. James would finish with 34 points and 10 rebounds, while Smith connected on five of his 10 three point attempts en route to a 25 point outing.
Washington went into this game shorthanded and it proved too be too much for them against the East leading Cavaliers who are also just getting healthy. The Wizards were who without Bradley Beal, who’s been out with some time with a leg injury. Kris Humphries sat out with an knee injury and he was missed as well.
The Wizards did get Nene back from injury, who looked fairly good in a short stint. Gary Neal also returned from injury and played 20 minutes. John Wall had a tough night despite scoring 20 points and dishing 12 assists. He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well and more alarming, he turned the ball over seven times. However, the home team got a solid contribution from Garrett Temple who scored 21 points on 10 shots.
For the Wizards, the loss brings them to 15-18 on the year in an Eastern Conference that is far from decided. Leaving Washington with a win has the Cavs at 24-9.
The Wizards next game is on Friday where they will host the Toronto Raptors while the Cavs will travel to Minnesota to face the Timberwolves, also on Friday.