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Wizards 96, Cavaliers 83

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CLEVELAND -- All-Star guard John Wall compiled a game-high 21 points and nine assists in the Washington Wizards' 96-83 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena.

The game became a defensive struggle in the second half, as both teams had trouble making baskets.

The Wizards (28-28) prevailed by outscoring the Cavaliers 18-11 in the fourth quarter. Cleveland shot 21 percent (four of 19) in the final quarter.

The Cavaliers (22-35) dropped their second game in a row following a six-game winning streak. They couldn't overcome the loss of three injured players: center Anderson Varejao, guard Dion Waiters and swingman C.J. Miles.

Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal scored 17 points. Washington's starting backcourt of Wall and Beal outscored the Cavaliers' counterparts 38-21.

Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving managed 15 points, five rebounds and five assists, but he shot just 6-for-17 from the field. Cavaliers shooting guard Jarrett Jack added six points on 3-of-11 shooting.

Forward Luol Deng paced the Cavaliers with 17 points, and he pulled down seven rebounds. Power forward Tristan Thompson added 11 points and 12 rebounds. Newcomer Spencer Hawes added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers.

Cleveland shot just 38.5 percent from the field. The Wizards finished at 42.7 percent.

The Wizards hit eight of 20 shots from behind the 3-point arc (40 percent). The Cavaliers made just two of 18 from 3-point range (11.1 percent).

Washington center Marcin Gortat had 13 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Forward Trevor Ariza added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Cavaliers won the battle of the boards, 51-48.

The key to Washington's success was taking care of the ball. The Wizards committed just five turnovers, while the Cavaliers gave the ball away 13 times.

The Wizards lost power forward Nene to a sprained left knee in the third quarter, and he didn't return. He had eight points, four rebounds and four assists in 21 minutes.

Cavaliers center Tyler Zeller had six points, four rebounds and a block in the first quarter, then failed to add to those totals the remainder of the game.

NOTES: Cavaliers coach Mike Brown on 37-year-old G Andre Miller, who was acquired by the Wizards last week: "He's never relied on his quickness or athleticism to get by. Everything is about angles, intelligence and his ability to pass and read. He can help anybody. He'll definitely help Washington." ... F/C Arinze Onuaku signed a 10-day contract with the Cavaliers on Saturday. He was sent to Canton of the NBA Development League on Saturday night, then was recalled by Cleveland on Sunday morning. ... The Cavaliers were missing three key players: C Anderson Varejao (sore back), G Dion Waiters (hyperextended left knee) and G/F C.J. Miles (sprained left ankle). ... The Wizards began the day with a respectable 13-14 road record. Coach Randy Wittman said that was the biggest difference in the team's resurgence.
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