Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
When then Wizards were down on their luck last week, some people had already written them off, well then there was a trip back home and trip that included teams that were worse than the Wizards. Tonight it was the Cavs, who for most, look like a G League team with a few stars and Wall and company made them pay.
Despite Rookie Collin Sexton having a career-high 24 points for Cleveland, and David Nwaba added 11 points, the Cavs just didn’t have much else going offensively at all. Playing the second of back-to-backs after topping Charlotte on Tuesday night, the Cavaliers are an NBA-worst 2-12.
This is the same team that fired Ty Lue after opening the season 1-6. Looks like that hasn’t helped the Cavs in a good way, as they continue to struggle with their combination of average players and leftover stars and no Kevin Love.
Washington pulled away with a 15-0 run early in the second quarter, and Kelly Oubre’s dunk made it 56-32. They led 73-52 at halftime. Cleveland had a 13-2 run to get to 82-69 in the third, but Morris hit a 3-pointer and the Wizards scored seven straight points.
The Wizards made 13 of 40 3-point attempts, while Cleveland was 4 of 21 and missed 10 free throws. Cleveland’s 95 points tied a season-low for a Washington opponent.
“We are just getting better every night. I think these guys know what is at stake and digging out of a hole is never easy, but they understand where they want to be,” said Wizards Coach Scott Brooks.
The biggest change again for the Wizards has been the team effort. Their bench output is night and day then the first six games of the season. Austin Rivers again seems to have found his game, scoring 12 points off the bench for the Wizards tonight.