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Weekend Recap: Cleveland Cavaliers Drop Two to End Win Streak

February 24th, 2014 at 12:01 PM
By Pat Murphy

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After six consecutive wins, it was only a matter of time before the Cleveland Cavaliers slipped up. Winning streaks don't go on forever, especially for a team that has struggled to start them over the last three years.

This weekend the winning streak did not only stop, but the Cavaliers began another losing streak.

On Friday night, Cleveland traveled to take on the Toronto Raptors and fell 98-91 and then dropped a game to the Washington Wizards at home Sunday 96-83.

Friday's game was an ugly display by both teams, as the Raptors shot just 33% from the field in the first half. Toronto did finish shooting 43% for the game, which was ultimately what earned them the win.

After trailing at the break, the Raptors opened the second half with a 17-4 run that gave them a 58-52 lead. The Cavs were not able to fight back, allowing the run to swell to 30-10 and the lead to grow to as much as 15 before eventually falling by seven.

Terrence Ross led his team with 20 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 18 points and eight rebounds. Toronto also got 14 points from both Demar DeRozan and Kyle Lowery. Lowery also added nine assists and six rebounds.

Luol Deng finished with a double double. He had a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds.

The Cavaliers struggled shooting, finishing at just 39% on the night. They were not helped out by Kyrie Irving, who was 3-16 from the field but finished with 17 points and nine assists. Tristan Thompson had 13 points and nine rebounds as the only other Cleveland player to score in double figures.

Sunday was more of the same from the Cavs, who scored just 31 points in the second half. Washington took the lead halfway through the first quarter and never squandered it, leading by as many as 15 points.

In another battle with Irving, John Wall scored a game-high 21 points and had nine assists, while Irving finished with 15 points and five assists.

Bradley Beal scored 17 for the Wizards, while Trevor Ariza had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Marcin Gortat had 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Deng led the Cavaliers again with 17 points and seven rebounds. Spencer Hawes, who came off the bench in his second game for Cleveland, scored 16 points and had 12 rebounds.

The Cavs will look to put the weekend behind them and get back to winning on Tuesday night as they welcome the Raptors to Quicken Loans Arena for a rematch.

The Cavaliers now sit five games back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, missing out on an opportunity to makeup ground on two teams ahead of them over the weekend.

Tags: Basketball, Bradley Beal, Cleveland Cavaliers, DeMar DeRozan, John Wall, Kyle Lowery, Kyrie Irving, Luol Deng, Marcin Gortat, NBA, Terrence Ross, Toronto Raptors, Trevor Ariza, Tristan Thompson, Washington Wizards

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