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Wrap-Up – The new-look Wine and Gold are still a work in progress, and on Friday night in the nation’s capital, the Wizards showed them that they still have a ways to go. After averaging nearly 120 points per contest during a four-game win streak, the Cavs have cooled off of late, and on Friday were held to their lowest point total of the season – dropping a 91-78 decision to the Wizards at the Verizon Center.
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 22 points apiece, but it wasn’t enough to top a hot Wizards team that’s off to its best start in 40 years. LeBron finished 8-of-21 from the floor, adding four boards, a team-high four assists and a steal. Irving went 7-for-16 from the field to go with six boards and a pair of assists. Anderson Varejao was the only other Cavalier in double-figures with 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
The Wizards were led by John Wall, who tallied a game-high 28 points. But it wasn’t any of Washington’s starters that did the Cavaliers in, as their bench combined to outscore Cleveland’s reserves, 40-9 – with Bradley Beal and Kevin Seraphin netting a dozen points apiece.
The Cavs had their coolest shooting night of the young season at just 36 percent. In the second quarter, the Wizards made more shots than the Cavaliers attempted. Cleveland was also hurt once again by turnovers – committing 19 miscues that led to 24 Wizards’ points.
Turning Point – The Cavs came out of the gate strong and took a five-point lead before the game’s first official timeout. But Washington found its footing and used a 9-0 run to close the first period. Things only got worse in the second quarter, with the Wizards extending their edge with an 16-8 run that put them up a baker’s dozen at intermission. Cleveland didn’t get closer than seven points in the second stanza.
By the Numbers – 14 …consecutive games – dating back to last season – that LeBron James has canned at least one three pointer, the second-longest streak of his career. His longest run came late in the 2008-09 season, where he drilled treys in 19 straight contests.
Quotable – Kyrie Irving, on how the Cavaliers can turn things around …
” We have to come out with a better fight. And it starts with me as one of the leaders of this team, on both ends of the floor just coming out with a different mindset. We have to figure things out and we will. It’s gonna start with me, it’s gonna start with LeBron, it’s gonna start with everyone in this locker room – from the first person to the 15th person. But we’re going to figure this thing out and I’m confident that we’re going to get this thing rolling.”
Up Next – After Friday’s matchup in D.C., the Cavs are home for the rest of the month – beginning with the home leg of this weekend’s back-to-back when they welcome the Atlantic-leading Raptors to The Q. On Monday night, the Magic come to town and on Wednesday, it’s a rematch with the Wizards. The Cavs don’t play again until Saturday night, when the Indiana Pacers make their first trip to The Q this season.