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Sunday, February 23rd
(All times Eastern)
Washington Wizards (27-28) at Cleveland Cavaliers (22-34), 6 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Cavaliers will try to start a new winning
streak when they return to the States to host the Washington Wizards Sunday.
The Cavaliers had a six-game winning streak stopped with Friday's 98-91 defeat
at Toronto, as Luol Deng delivered 21 points and 11 rebounds in a losing
cause. All-Star Game MVP Kyrie Irving had 17 points and nine assists, while
Tristan Thompson scored 13 points.
Cleveland shot 39 percent from the floor and turned the ball over 15 times.
"You've got to give Toronto credit," said Cleveland head coach Mike Brown.
"They came out in the second half and played hard. Their big kid (Jonas)
Valanciunas was big. Give our guys credit, they came back and made some shots.
The deficit was just too big for them to come back from."
Spencer Hawes scored seven points with 10 boards in his Cleveland debut after
coming over in a deadline deal from Philadelphia.
The Cavs are outscoring opponents 102.0 to 94.3 in their last seven games and
will also host the Raptors on this brief stay at Quicken Loans Arena, where
they have a 14-13 record.
Cleveland has won three in a row at the Q.
In injury news for the Cavs, guards C.J. Miles (ankle) and Dion Waiters (knee)
are expected to miss Sunday's game.
Washington has won back-to-back games since losing three straight and five of
its six previous contests.
In Saturday's 94-93 victory versus New Orleans in D.C., Nene poured in 30
points and won the game on a dunk at the buzzer. With the Wizards trailing by
one, All-Star guard John Wall drove the lane and fed Nene with a pass inside.
The big man jammed it home with one hand for the win with 0.3 seconds left.
Nene is averaging 18.8 points in his last six games.
"Give credit to our bigs," said Wall. "They really stepped up. We give them
credit for winning this game. We all locked down defensively as a team and
made the big plays."
Marcin Gortat had 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Wall contributed 10 points
and 12 assists for Washington, which is fifth in the East standings.
The Wizards have a 13-14 road ledger, but are 10-6 in the last 16 games away
from the Verizon Center. Wall is averaging 18.3 points in the past 16 road
Washington has lost two of three meetings with Cleveland this season. The Cavs
have won six of the last eight games in this series and are 11-4 in the past
15 meetings at the Q.
Irving is averaging 30.7 ppg against the Wizards in 2013-14.
02/23 10:23:53 ET