Cavaliers, Wizards battle in Game 2 at Quicken Loans Arena
(Sports Network) – The second-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers try to go up 2-0
over the seventh-seeded Washington Wizards in the first round of the Eastern
Conference playoffs, as the teams meet tonight at Quicken Loans Arena.
On Sunday, Larry Hughes scored 27 points and pulled down seven rebounds as
Cleveland downed Washington, 97-82, in Game 1 of the set at Quicken Loans
LeBron James added 23 points, nine boards and seven assists for the Cavaliers,
while Zydrunas Ilgauskas chipped in 16 points and eight rebounds and Drew
Gooden finished with 10 points.
Antawn Jamison ended with a game-high 28 points and 14 boards for the short-
handed Wizards, while Jarvis Hayes was the only other Washington player in
double figures with 18 points.
Washington does not have stars Gilbert Arenas (knee) and Caron Butler (hand)
for the entire playoffs after both were lost for the season due to injury.
This is a best-of-seven series. Game 3 is scheduled for Saturday at the
Cleveland has dropped three straight Game 2s in the postseason, while
Washington has lost eight of its last nine Games 2s.
The Cavaliers eliminated Washington in six games in the first round of last
year’s conference playoffs. Cleveland was then ousted by Detroit in the next
The Wizards are in the postseason for a third consecutive year and are meeting
Cleveland in the playoffs for the fourth time. The only time Washington
defeated the Cavaliers in the postseason was when it took two of three games
in the first round of the 1977 NBA Playoffs.
The Cavs lead the all-time playoff series by a 10-7 count and have won seven
of the nine home games against Washington in the postseason.