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Wizards 98, Cavaliers 91

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CLEVELAND -- Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal fired in a team-high 26 points, and power forward Nene added 24 points in Washington's 98-91 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Beal connected on six of seven attempts 3-point range. He added six rebounds and eight assists.

Nene was effective in the paint, as he pulled down eight rebounds and dished out six assists.

The Cavaliers, who lost for the fourth time in five games, now embark on a rugged two-game road trip to New Orleans and San Antonio. Cleveland (4-8) is 1-6 on the road this season.

Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving had a game-high 28 points and six assists. Backup center Anderson Varejao recorded his second double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

The Cavaliers fell behind by 27 points in the third quarter before fighting their way back in the late going. Three times they narrowed the deficit to four points but couldn't get the defensive stop they needed.

Wizards point guard John Wall contributed 15 points and nine assists, while forward Martell Webster added 15 points.

The Wizards dished out 31 assists on the night, including 17 by their starting guards. They shot 45.2 percent from the field, compared to the Cavaliers' 41.6 percent.

Washington also won the battle of the boards, 44-38.

Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova drained his third 3-pointer of the game to narrow the Wizards' lead to 80-67 with nine minutes to play. However, the comeback was thwarted by Nene's 16-foot jumper.

Things really went awry for the Cavaliers in the third quarter, as they fell behind 73-46.

The Wizards were up 80-59 entering the fourth quarter.

Beal made his first six 3-point attempts en route to 22 points through three quarters.

Cavaliers shooting guard C.J. Miles' night lasted three minutes. He left with a right calf strain and didn't return. Dion Waiters, who had been benched, took over and produced 11 points and three assists. However, Waiters made just two of 13 shots from the floor.

NOTES: Cavaliers C Andrew Bynum came into the game shooting just 34 percent from the field. He made one of three shots for two points in 13 minutes Wednesday. "It's a timing thing," coach Mike Brown said. "The guy hadn't played in over a year." ... The Cavaliers have used five different combinations in the starting lineup. "I can't say anything is temporary or permanent," Brown said. "Nothing is permanent in life, other than taxes and death." ... Wizards Fs Trevor Ariza (strained right hamstring), Al Harrington (sore right knee), Otto Porter (right hip flexor) and Chris Singleton (fractured left foot) are sidelined. For the Cavaliers, C Tyler Zeller (sprained right ankle) was inactive. ... Wizards coach Randy Wittman said C Marcin Gortat has been one of his team's most consistent players since being acquired in a trade from Phoenix. "He's been a big plus for us," Wittman said. "It gives us a big body in the middle."
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