NBA Game Summary - Washington at Cleveland|
(Tuesday, October 30th)
Final Score: Cleveland 94, Washington 84
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Kyrie Irving and fellow second-year pro
Tristan Thompson picked up the slack after the Cavaliers squandered a late
double-digit lead, as Cleveland pulled out a 94-84 victory over the Washington
Wizards to open the NBA season.
Irving, the reigning Rookie of the Year, netted 29 points, while Thompson
scored seven of his 12 in the final two minutes of a close game. Thompson also
grabbed 10 rebounds for a frountcourt that earned a 54-39 advantage on the
Anderson Varejao was a big reason behind the discrepancy, pulling down a
career-high 23 boards -- 12 offensive -- for the Cavs, who went 21-45 and
finished in the basement of the Central Division last season.
"I just tried to do my job, just tried to be active," said Varejao. "It was
one of those nights when [rebounds] kept coming. It was fun."
The Wizards, who had one less victory than Cleveland, were led by Jordan
Crawford's 11 points.
Playing without starters John Wall (knee) and Nene (foot), Washington got a
boost from its bench after a discouraging start.
The Cavs carried a 12-point lead, 74-62, heading to the fourth quarter, but
Washington's reserves ran off 14 straight points to start the final frame, the
final three coming on Jannero Pargo's deep make less than four minutes in. It
was the first time the Wizards led since it was 17-15 midway through the first
The hot stretch was only temporary, as Cleveland held the visitors to one
field goal over the final five minutes.
Alonzo Gee tipped in a Dion Waiters miss to break an 80-80 tie with 4:48 on
the clock, and Irving made a deep jumper several possessions after Varejao
added two free throws.
Earl Barron put in a reverse layup to stop Washington's drought, but Thompson
answered with three consecutive baseline dunks, the last coming off a nice
feed from Irving for a comfortable 92-84 lead in the final minute.
"Irving was pretty good tonight, and Varejao and Thompson dominated our bigs
inside," Wizards head coach Randy Wittman said.
Cleveland scored the final seven points of the opening quarter to take a 31-24
lead, and went ahead by as many as 15 points in the second.
Irving had 14 points in the first half, which ended with the Cavs holding a
Varejao also handed out a career-high nine assists to go with nine points ...
Waiters, the fourth selection in the 2012 draft, scored 17 points on 6-of-14
shooting ... Bradley Beal, taken one pick before Waiters, netted eight points
for Washington ... A.J. Price, starting for the injured Wall, made just 2-
of-13 from the field, finishing with seven points and six assists ...
Cleveland committed 21 turnovers and forced 13.
10/31 00:21:59 ET