Despite a 13 point first quarter lead and a late comeback, the Wizards fell 95-90 to the Cavs on Tuesday night in Cleveland. The Cavs completed the three game season sweep of the Wizards.

The first half was two quarters that were polar opposites of each other. The first saw the Wizards put up 33 points and go up by 13. The second saw the Wizards allow the Cavs to put up 30 and only put up 16 themselves to go into the half down by one. Both teams saw their share of struggles on the offensive end in the first half as neither team was over 40% shooting. However, the Wizards were 16/16 from the free throw line.

The Wizards’ offensive struggles continued in the third quarter as they would manage just another 16 points while the Cavs would shoot 56% from the field in the third quarter to take an 11 point lead. The Cavaliers maintained their double digit lead for much of the fourth quarter until the Wizards would go on an 8-0 run late to cut the Cavs lead to just three. The Wizards would not be able to complete the comeback though and Cavs hung on for the win.

Both teams shot just 41% from the field but it was the Cavs bench play that was the difference. The Cavs bench outscored the Wizards' bench 29-11, led by Wayne Ellington's 12.

The Wizards were led by a huge effort from John Wall who had season highs in points and assists with 27 and 14. Nene and Okafor also had double-doubles as Okafor had 18 points and 11 boards and Nene had 15 and 10. Martell Webster had 17 points on five made threes. Those four players accounted for 77 of the Wizards' 90 points.

The Cavs had six players finish in double figures led by Dion Waiters with 20 points and Tristan Thompson's double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds. The Wizards will be back at it Wednesday night as the Bucks come to Verizon Center. Tip-off is at 7pm.

Martell Webster
Points: 17
Rebounds: 4
Assists: 1

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Points: John Wall - 27
Rebounds: Emeka Okafor - 11
Assists: John Wall - 14
Blocks: Emeka Okafor - 2
Steals: 4 Tied - 1

John Wall Postgame

Nene Postgame

On losing to the Cavs three times:

“Until you understand how to guard them, you have to play physical. (Otherwise), they’re going to have the advantage. We lost games like that because we gave up penetration to shooters and whatever they wanted.”

Martell Webster Postgame