Trevor Ariza scored 15 points and recorded 10 rebounds, his ninth double-double of the season, to lead the Washington Wizards to a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 96-83. The Wizards picked up the victory due in large part to their efficiency handling the basketball, accumulating 26 assists and turning it over only five times. Washington (28-28) has now won three straight.
Ariza went 6-10 from the field (3-6 on 3-point attempts) in a solid outing. Other key performers for Washington were John Wall with 21 points and 9 assists, and Marcin Gortat with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Despite the loss, Luol Deng put up 17 points for Cleveland on 4-13 shooting from the field and 9-9 from the free throw line. He also added 7 rebounds. Spencer Hawes added 16 points and 12 rebounds and Tristan Thompson finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
After putting up a sparkling assist-to-turnover ratio of 5.20, the Wizards are 7-1 on the season when eclipsing 2.50 in this category. However, the Cavaliers are 3-7 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a lofty ratio.
This drops Cleveland (22-35) to 2-2 against Washington on the year.
Coming up next, the Wizards square off with the Orlando Magic, who are 17-41 on the year. The Cavaliers go up against the Toronto Raptors, currently 31-25 this season. The Wizards have a 1-0 record against Orlando this season. The Cavaliers have a 0-1 record against Toronto this season.