Cavs handles Wizards
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tristan Thompson had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Kevin Love added 16 points and 12 boards, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Washington Wizards 113-100 Friday night to end a three-game skid.
Seven Cavaliers scored at least 10 points, and Cleveland improved to 3-5 with its first road victory this season.
Thomas Bryant led Washington with 23 points. Rui Hachimura scored 21 and Bradley Beal had 20 while the Wizards fell to 2-6.
Collin Sexton also had 16 points for Cleveland, and rookies Darius Garland and Kevin Porter Jr. had career highs with 15 and 13, respectively.
Cleveland led throughout and used an 11-0 run to take a 41-28 lead with 9:19 remaining in the second quarter. The lead grew to 20, but thanks to Hachimura’s 15 points on 7 for 7 from the field, Washington cut the lead to 67-52 at the half.
Cleveland’s 10-0 run put them ahead 77-56 early in the third, but the Wizards outscored them 28-11 and trailed by just 88-84 entering the fourth quarter.
Washington closed within 91-90 on Moe Wagner’s layup with 9:39 to play, but Cleveland outscored Washington 22-10 the rest of the way. Thompson had three key baskets in the last two minutes.
Cavaliers: G Jordan Clarkson was called for a technical foul in the fourth quarter, but Beal missed the free throw.
Wizards: F Troy Brown started for the first time this season. Isaac Bonga started the first seven games of the season but didn’t play Friday. … G Justin Robinson and F Admiral Schofield were recalled from the G League. … Coach Scott Brooks was assessed a technical foul for the second straight game. … Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was introduced to the crowd and got an ovation nine days after his team won the World Series.
Cavaliers: Visit the New York Knicks on Sunday in the second of a three-game road trip.
Wizards: Visit Boston on Wednesday in the first of a three-game road trip.