WASHINGTON— LeBron James set aside first-half foul trouble to finish with 28 points in only 25 minutes Friday night, and Kyrie Irving scored 25, helping the surging Cleveland Cavaliers overwhelm the Washington Wizards 127-89.
Cleveland led by as many as 22 points before halftime and as many as 40 after to win for the 15th time in its past 17 games.
The 38-point margin was Washington’s largest loss of the season. The Cavaliers also produced the most points by a Washington opponent in a first quarter (35) and first half (65).
About the only glaring mistake the Cavs made was Kevin Love’s flubbed attempt at a driving, two-handed dunk — the basketball hit the front of the rim.
All-Star point guard John Wall had 18 points and nine assists for Washington.
The Cavaliers take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Sunday at 1 p.m.