The Cleveland Cavaliers came out looking rather lethargic against their old rival rivals tonight, and they never really got anything going. The result was a 97-85 victory for the Washington Wizards. It was the Cavs' first loss at home this season, and it dropped them to 13-5 overall.
Washington set the tone early by racing out to a 10-0 lead in the first three minute of the game. The Cavs rallied back from that, but the Wizards re-gained the lead by the end of the first quarter and never looked back.
John Wall was very good, finishing with 35 points on 24 shots, along with 10 assists and five steals. Bradley Beal added 18 points, despite going 1-of-10 from deep.
LeBron James, fresh off of a very nice profile in Sports Illustrated by Lee Jenkins, looked very spry early on. But not even a solid game from LeBron could save the sluggish Cavs. He finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds.
Perhaps the biggest frustration was the Cavs' inability to get Kevin Love involved in the offense. He was rarely seen in the post, and he finished 2-of-10 from the floor for eight points with eight boards.
Matthew Dellavedova did go 3-of-3 from deep and finish with 15 points, so there's that.
As a team, the Cavs shot just 33.7 percent from the field. It was not their best offensive effort.
They'll look to bounce back on Friday night in New Orleans against the struggling Pelicans.