After a week of turbulence off the court, the Cavs’ six game losing streak came to an end. They arrived at the Verizon Center ready to play with energy, as they did a good job executing the ball beating the Washington Wizards, 115-113. This is the first win after the firing of General Manager Chris Grant. Based on the effort on the court, The firing had no negative effect on the Cleveland Cavaliers play on it.
Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters led the team with 23 points and 12 assists while Waiters had 24 points off the bench. Luol Deng missed the game due to illness. CJ Miles took his place and scored 18 points and Anthony Bennett had eight points and six assists. Alonzo Gee had 11 points and seven rebounds including an important put-back dunk to put the Cavaliers ahead, 105-96 with 2.50 left.
Not only did the Cavaliers play good offensively, but also did a decent job of defending the ball the second half. Irving left late in the third quarter with a sore ankle and was cleared to finish the game.
Wizards point guard, John Wall, had 32 points and 10 assists while forward Martell Webster came off the bench to make six 3-pointers. In the final seconds, Cavaliers Jarrett Jack missed two free throws giving the Wizards a chance to tie it up on a long inbound pass but Nene’s heave at the buzzer missed, giving the Cavs a much-needed win.
Next game is Sunday, February 9 against the Memphis Grizzlies at 6:00pm at the Q.