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Cavaliers 95, Wizards 90

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CLEVELAND -- Guard Dion Waiters scored a team-high 20 points and added six rebounds in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 95-90 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

Waiters was one of six players in double figures for the Cavs (22-42). Small forward Alonzo Gee contributed 17 points and three assists, while power forward Tristan Thompson finished with 13 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Shaun Livingston, who has replaced the injured Kyrie Irving at point guard, added 12 points, three rebounds and six assists.

The Cavs (22-42) swept the three-game season series over the Wizards (20-42).

Waiters connected on four free throws in the last 13.1 seconds to ice the game for the Cavs.

Point guard John Wall put up monster numbers in a losing cause. He erupted for a game-high 27 points, seven rebounds and a game-high 13 assists.

Forward Martell Webster, 5 of 11 from behind the arc, added 17 points. Emeka Okafor and Nene each had double-doubles for the Wizards. Okafor had 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Nene added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Cavs' defense picked up in the third when they outscored the Wizards, 26-16. They opened up an 11-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter, 76-65, and never relinquished the lead.

Thompson had 13 points, a game-high 12 rebounds and a block through three quarters.

The Wizards started the second quarter by making just two of their first 12 shots. The Cavs' defense clamped down on Washington, which was outscored in the second, 30-16.

Cleveland embarked on a 20-6 run in the second quarter to go up by one point at halftime, 50-49.

The Cavs have been having terrible problems starting the second half. Those woes occurred at the opening tip against the Wizards. Washington jumped out to 33-20 lead in the first quarter.

The Cavs shot 30.8 percent from the field in the first quarter (8-of-26). They were also outrebounded by the Wizards, 17-12. Livingston was the only starter who scored in the first quarter. He had six.

That's probably why coach Byron Scott yanked the other four starters with 9:53 left in the first.

NOTES: Scott calls Wall a one-man fastbreak. "We have to make him a jump shooter," he said. "He's not a great shooter." The Wizards are 15-14 since Wall has been back in the lineup. "Health plays a big role in that," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "Early in the year, we were beat up." Cavs point guard Shaun Livingston is a former teammate of Wall. "He's one of the most athletic guards we have in our league," Livingston said. "He's a game-changer." ... The Wizards weren't a match made in heaven for Livingston. He appeared in 17 games with Washington this season before he found himself on the waiver wire. "I knew that wasn't the best place for me," he said. "It's one of the worst spots I've been in my career." Livingston said it was a "godsend" when he was claimed on waivers by the Cavaliers on Christmas Day. He has now moved into the starting lineup in place of Irving, who's wearing a sling on his left arm. ... In Cavs forward Luke Walton's previous 17 games, he averaged 4.7 assists. "I think he's the best passing forward in the league," Scott said. Scott seemed to forget Heat forward LeBron James, who is 10th in the NBA with 7.1 assists per game. ... Cavs forward Omri Casspi received the medical clearance for full activity. He was in uniform and on the active list. ... Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal missed his third consecutive game because of a sprained left ankle. Garrett Temple, who played for the Cavs' summer-league team last year, started at shooting guard.
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