Wizards beat Cavs for fourth straight win
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas recorded 32 points, 10
assists and eight rebounds as the Washington Wizards defeated the Cleveland
Cavaliers, 101-89, at the MCI Center.
Antawn Jamison scored 28 points and added five rebounds while Caron Butler had
18 points and nine boards for Washington, which won for the fourth game in a
Brendan Haywood added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.
“We did a great job tonight,” said Arenas. “It was a great team effort. We
have been improving defensively, and it’s been showing.”
LeBron James struggled for the Cavaliers, shooting just 6-of-23 from the field
for 18 points to go along with nine rebounds and eight assists. Drew Gooden
and Zydrunas Ilgauskas each tallied 14 points as Cleveland’s modest two-game
winning streak came to a halt.
Trailing by two at halftime, 51-49, Washington came out firing in the third
quarter, connecting on its first five shots en route to a 16-9 run that gave
the Wizards a seven-point edge through the first six minutes. Jamison led the
way with six points during the impressive six minute run.
Cleveland then cut the deficit down to three at 74-71 after a Butler free
throw with just over two minutes left sparked a 7-0 Cavalier run that closed
out the quarter.
The Cavaliers came within one after two James’ free throws 30 seconds into
the fourth, but were unable to complete the comeback as Washington responded
with a 5-0 spurt to push the lead back out to six.
The Cavs’ crawled back to within three at 83-80 after a Donyell Marshall
three-pointer with 7:18 left in the fourth, but Washington used a 6-0 run to
push the lead up to nine and Cleveland did not threaten again.
“[The Wizards] came out and did what they needed to do to get a lead, stay in
the game in the first half, and in the second half they stepped it up a notch
and we didn’t,” said Cleveland head coach Mike Brown. “It resulted in a win
Cleveland held a 32-28 edge after the first frame…Ilgauskas was thrown out
of the game in the fourth quarter after receiving his second technical
foul…Since Butler joined the starting lineup, Washington is 16-9…Cleveland
and Washington will meet for the third time on February 24…Arenas was named
to his second consecutive Eastern Conference All-Star team, replacing
Indiana’s Jermaine O’ Neal…Guard Larry Hughes is out indefinitely with a
finger fracture for Cleveland.