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Cavs Go Wire-to-Wire Over Wizards

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by Joe Gabriele
Cavs.com Beat Writer

Wrap-Up – There’s nothing like a Thanksgiving eve win to make Thursday’s turkey taste that much better. The Cavaliers were also able to avenge a difficult loss in D.C. five days earlier by going wire-to-wire over the Wizards and running away with the 113-87 win on Wednesday night at The Q.

Once again, LeBron James came out aggressive, and he didn’t take his foot off the gas until taking a seat with 7:52 remaining in the fourth and the Cavaliers up 19 points.

On the night, the four-time MVP led both teams with 29 points, 10 boards and eight assists. James was 7-for-14 from the floor and 14-of-17 from the stripe, adding three of Cleveland’s 13 steals.

Kevin Love followed up with 21 points, going 7-of-10 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the line. Kyrie Irving was 7-for-15 from the floor – including 3-of-5 from long-distance – netting 18 points, five helpers and three steals. Anderson Varejao rounded out the Cavalier starters in double-figures with 10 points, going a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor.

The Cavs bench – which was badly outplayed by the Wizards reserves five days ago – bounced back with 29 points, 25 of which via Dion Waiters, who finished with 15 points, six assists and three steals of his own. Tristan Thompson added 10 points – going 4-of-4 from the floor. He and Varejao combined to hold Washington’s Marcin Gortat to 12 points and two boards while not missing a single shot from the field.

Last Friday, the Cavaliers committed 19 turnovers that led to 24 Wizards’ points. On Wednesday, they committed just 10 miscues that resulted in seven points. Cleveland shot 51 percent from the floor and took 16 more free throws than Washington.

Turning Point – Sometimes the turning point of the game comes early, and that was the case on Wednesday. The Cavaliers led Washington by three, 13-10, just after the halfway point of the first quarter. But LeBron, Irving and Waiters keyed a quick 10-0 run that put Cleveland up a baker’s dozen. The Wizards didn’t seriously challenge the Wine and Gold the rest of the way – trailing by as many as 29 and cutting the Cavs’ edge to single-figures just twice the rest of the way.

By the Numbers2 … fastbreak points allowed by the Cavaliers on Wednesday night at The Q – topping the Wizards, 17-2.

QuotableKyrie Irving, on Wednesday’s big win over Washington …

”We definitely wanted to come out with a different focus from what we had in Washington. We kind of owed them one tonight. It was one of those games where we definitely had to get back on track. Obviously we had a great Orlando game, but this was definitely a meaningful game – as well as every game – but this one definitely meant a little bit more.”

Up Next – The Cavs close out the month of November on Saturday night when the Indiana Pacers make their first appearance of the season in Cleveland. The following Tuesday, they tip off December with the arrival of the Milwaukee Bucks before hitting the road for a three-game set, hoping to avenge home losses in the first two. On Thursday, they travel to the Big Apple to face the Knicks before heading north of the border to face the Raptors on Friday. The following Monday, they close out the short roadie with a matchup against the Nets in Brooklyn.


Postgame: Kevin Love - Nov. 26

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love spoke with the media following Wednesday's 113-87 victory at The Q.

Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards - November 26, 2014

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Postgame: Kevin Love - Nov. 26

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love spoke with the media following Wednesday's 113-87 victory at The Q.
Nov 26, 2014  |  03:28

Arena Link: Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving joins GameTime after the Cavaliers beat the Wizards.
Nov 26, 2014  |  00:00

Postgame: Kyrie Irving - Nov. 26

Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving spoke with the media following Wednesday's 113-87 victory at The Q.
Nov 26, 2014  |  03:58

Postgame: LeBron James - Nov. 26

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Wednesday's 113-87 victory at The Q.
Nov 26, 2014  |  04:52

Postgame: Tristan Thompson - Nov. 26

Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson spoke with the media following Wednesday's 113-87 victory at The Q.
Nov 26, 2014  |  01:06

Postgame: Coach Blatt - Nov. 26

Cavaliers Head Coach David Blatt spoke with the media following Wednesday's 113-87 victory at The Q.
Nov 26, 2014  |  10:08

LeBron With Authority

LeBron James breaks through the defense for the one-handed jam.
Nov 26, 2014  |  00:00

Love Draws Foul

Kevin Love drives for the strong finish.
Nov 26, 2014  |  00:00

Kyrie For Three

Kyrie Irving spots up from the corner for three.
Nov 26, 2014  |  00:00

That's a Pocket Pass

LeBron James finds Kevin Love with a picture-perfect pass for the easy layup.
Nov 26, 2014  |  00:00

Love Hammers It Home

Kevin Love gets the outlet from LeBron James for the two-handed flush.
Nov 26, 2014  |  00:00

Varejao Throws Down

Anderson Varejao fakes defense and drives to the rack in the first quarter.
Nov 26, 2014  |  00:00

Shootaround: LeBron James - Nov. 26

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Wednesday's shootaround at Quicken Loans Arena.
Nov 26, 2014  |  03:16

Shootaround: Kyrie Irving - Nov. 26

Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving spoke with the media following Wednesday's shootaround at Quicken Loans Arena.
Nov 26, 2014  |  03:57

Shootaround: Kevin Love - Nov. 26

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love spoke with the media following Wednesday's shootaround at Quicken Loans Arena.
Nov 26, 2014  |  02:06

LeBron's Big Night

LeBron James leads the Cavs over the Wizards and back to .500.
Nov 26, 2014  |  00:00

Wizards vs. Cavaliers - Nov. 26

LeBron James (29 points, 10 rebounds) led the Cavaliers to a 113-87 win over the Wizards.
Nov 26, 2014  |  00:00

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