Kyrie Irving put up 23 points and added 12 assists, his sixth double-double of the season, to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a close victory over the Washington Wizards, 115-113. The Cavaliers shot lights out in this one, going 40-77 (51.9%) from the field and 29-33 (87.9%) at the free throw line. Cleveland (17-33) has won just two of their last 10 games.
Irving finished 5-11 and converted 13-13 from the free throw line. Cleveland also got solid performances from Alonzo Gee with 11 points and 7 rebounds, and Tristan Thompson with 10 points and 8 rebounds. John Wall had another big game for Washington despite the loss, putting up 32 points on 10-19 shooting (2-4 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 10-12 from the free throw line. He also recorded 10 assists and 5 rebounds. Marcin Gortat chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds, Trevor Ariza finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds, and Nene Hilario put up 13 points and 8 rebounds.
Along with their eFG% of 55.8%, the Cavaliers posted a FTA rate of 42.9. This season, they are 1-0 when they exceed 55% and 35.0 in those respective metrics. Conversely, the Wizards are winless (0-5) when allowing their opponents to hit those marks.
This drops Washington (24-25) to 1-2 against Cleveland on the year.
Coming up, the Cavaliers battle the Memphis Grizzlies, who are 26-22 on the season. The Wizards meet the Sacramento Kings, currently sitting at 17-33 this year.