Finally the Cleveland Cavaliers won a game!
Some fans may have started to think that this would never happen again, but the Cavaliers did it on Friday with a 115-113 win over the Washington Wizards breaking their second six-game losing streak of the season.
This win comes one day after the firing of general manager Chris Grant, the man responsible for putting this team together. While Grant's firing did not have a direct impact on the court, it may have provided the spark needed to get this team back on the right track.
Cleveland was efficient on the offensive end, moving the ball and creating open looks. The team shot just under 52% from the field and 40% from three-point range. They also only missed four of their 33 free throws, allowing them to capitalized on their scoring chances.
Dion Waiters led the Cavs off the bench, scoring 24 points on 11-18 shooting. Kyrie Irving scored 23 points and tied his career high with 12 assists, 10 in the first half. C.J. Miles had a good game, starting for the sick Luol Deng, finishing with 18 points and four rebounds.
The Cavaliers also got a solid performance from Alonzo Gee. The small forward has seen his minutes significantly reduced this season after being a main contributor last year. He responded tonight with 11 points on six shots, seven rebounds, one blocked shot, and one steal.
While the Cavs were good offensively, their defense continues to lack the necessary effort to win games consistently. Cleveland allowed the Wizards to shoot better than 50% from the field and 55% from behind the three-point stripe. Five Washington players scored in double figures, allowing them to cut a 14-point fourth quarter lead to two and have a chance to win the game.
In his matchup with Irving, John Wall went off with 32 points and 10 assists. Marcin Gortat attacked Cleveland's big men to the tune of 19 points and eight rebounds. Martell Webster came off the Wizards' bench for 18 points, shooting 6-10 from the field – all three-point attempts.
The Cavaliers return home on Sunday evening to take on the Memphis Grizzlies, who are just 2-2 to start the month of February. They will look to make it two wins in a row for the first time since early January.
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