Cavs Fall to Wizards, 98-91
CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers came out with a lackluster 1st quarter and then saw the Washington Wizards post a 98-91 win at Quicken Loans Arena.
Washington dictated the tempo from the beginning. Martell Webster broke a 5-5 tie with a three-point shot and the visitors were on their way.
Washington put up 30 1st quarter points while the Cavs looked slow in defending, often leaving shooters wide open or players zipping to the bucket without a defender in the way.
Mike Brown started C.J. Miles at the shooting guard position, but he lasted only a few minutes before he injured his calf and had to leave the game.
The Cavs slowed down the Wizards a little in the 2nd quarter, but had trouble getting their own offense in gear, going into the intermission down by a 56-38 score.
The 3rd quarter wasn’t much better as the Wizards added to their lead and were up by 21 after three stanzas.
The 4th quarter was a frenzied affair as the Cavaliers cut the lead down to just 4 on an Anderson Varejao basket with 1:39 left, but the Wizards held them off to pick up the win, 98-91.
Bradley Beal had 26, while Nene Hilario had 24. Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 28 points on 9 of 14 shooting, but it wasn’t enough.