Wall scores 35 as Wizards hand Cavaliers first home loss, 97-85
CLEVELAND (AP) — John Wall scored a season-high 35 points and the Washington Wizards handed the Cleveland Cavaliers their first home loss of the season, 97-85 on Tuesday night.
The Wizards, who never trailed, scored the first 10 points of the game and went on a 9-0 run to begin the second half in snapping a four-game losing streak.
LeBron James had 24 points, but the Cavaliers lost for the first time in 10 games this season at Quicken Loans Arena.
Wall was 14 of 24 from the field and had 10 assists. Bradley Beal scored 18 and Marcin Gortat added 15 points with 11 rebounds for the Wizards.
Washington went on a 15-2 run in the second quarter to break open a one-point game and led 54-43 at halftime. The Wizards scored the first nine points of the second half to take a 21-point lead.
The Wizards led 69-47 midway through the third quarter, but Matthew Dellavedova scored 10 points in the period, including three 3-pointers. Cleveland got to 78-67, but Washington answered the run and the lead remained in double figures.
Washington made five of its first six shots, prompting the Cavaliers to call timeout less than 3 minutes into the game. Cleveland tied it 14-all, but the Wizards quickly went ahead again.
The Cavaliers trailed 37-36 midway through the second quarter, but Wall scored 13 points in the period and Washington took control.
Dellavedova finished with 15 points and J.R. Smith added 13.
Cleveland committed 19 turnovers, leading to 25 points for the Wizards.
Wizards: Gortat had 10 points, four blocks and four rebounds in the first quarter. … Washington only dressed 11 players. Power forwards Nene (strained left calf) and Drew Gooden (strained right calf), point guard Gary Neal (strained left groin) and small forward Alan Anderson (left ankle surgery) sat out.
Cavaliers: David Blatt, selected Eastern Conference coach of the month for November, was whistled for his first technical of the season in the third quarter. … Mo Williams was called for an 8-second violation in the second.
Wizards: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.
Cavaliers: Play at New Orleans on Friday.