In their first game without Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers got off to a pretty terrible start. The Wizards opened the game on an 11-0 run, prompting Byron Scott to take out all of the starters and let the bench unit take a shot at it. They responded with an 8-0 run of their own and battled their way back into the game.
It wasn't a particularly pretty win, but they got the job done. Shaun Livingston stepped up and then Dion Waiters got it going in the second half. Waiters started getting some foul calls and then iced it at the line to give the Cavs a solid 95-90 win. Dion finished with 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Cleveland held the Wizards to 41% shooting from the floor and had 24 assists to just 11 turnovers. Tristan Thompson recorded another double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds.
John Wall did all he could to carry the Wizards, scoring 27 points with 14 assists and 7 rebounds -- but it wasn't enough. He got just 11 points from his bench, while the Cavs' bench scored 29 points. That was the biggest difference in this one.
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