Wall powers Wizards past Cavaliers

Wed Dec 2, 2015 12:57am EST
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - Washington guard John Wall scored a season-high 35 points, and coach Randy Wittman's seat cooled ever so slightly after the Wizards' impressive 97-85 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.

It was the Cavaliers' first home loss of the season following a 9-0 start at Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland had won 29 of their previous 30 home games.

Cleveland's LeBron James scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, but committed nine turnovers. The Cavaliers (13-5) shot 33.7 percent and committed 18 turnovers.

They still possess the best record in the East, but are 5-4 following an eight-game winning streak.

The Wizards (7-8) badly underperformed throughout the early stages of this season, but belted the best team in the East on their home floor after dropping three of four to the Cavaliers last season.

"I had some lineups out there tonight that I don't know if I would have dreamed about," Wittman said. "But I give them credit. Our guys did everything that they possibly could and it was enough."

Wittman's job security came into question during the Wizards' dismal start. For at least one night, they looked every bit the team that won 46 games last season and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

Wittman went extra small in the fourth, with three guards and no player over 6 feet 9 inces. Marcin Gortat, despite piling up 15 points and 11 rebounds, did not enter in the fourth until 2:47 remained.

The Wizards did not wait until the fourth to push the tempo - Wall did that all night. He added 10 assists (and five turnovers) while producing the Wizards' first 30-point game of the season.   Continued...

 
Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) celebrates after scroing during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. The Wizards won 97-85. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports