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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Game 30: Cavs at Wizards

Verizon Center
Radio/TV: WTAM (1100 AM), WFUN (970 AM)/Fox Sports Ohio

WHAT HAPPENED: For the first time since last March, the Cavs have won two games in a row. They did it despite shooting 37.8 percent from the field.

Kyrie Irving is normally a deadly foul shooter. He made just 1 of 5 foul shots in the last 1:50 of the game. What's going on here?

He did lead all scorers with 26 points, six rebounds, a game-high eight assists and two steals. He had just two turnovers in 37 minutes.

Irving didn't shoot the ball particularly well - 8 of 23 from the field, 2 of 9 from the 3-point arc and 7 of 11 from the foul line.

Power forward Tristan Thompson is really making a move. He recorded his fourth consecutive double-double with 15 points, 12 rebounds and one block. The box score said his rebounds are a season high, but that's not correct. He had 14 rebounds in Milwaukee last Saturday.

He's averaging 12.4 points, 12 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in his last five games. He's also shooting 53.5 percent from the field and 75 percent from the foul line in that stretch.

The Cavs improved to 4-14 on the road this season. They are also 2-2 without center Anderson Varejao, who missed his fourth consecutive game with a bruised right knee. He is listed as day-to-day and could play Friday vs. Atlanta.

Rookie center Tyler Zeller struggled mightily with six points, seven rebounds and two blocks. He had four turnovers.

The Cavs had just 10 turnovers, one off their season low, compared to 20 by the Wizards.

Emeka Okafor and Jordan Crawford each had 17 for Washington, off to the worst start in franchise history.

Newly acquired Shaun Livingston didn't get in the game for the Cavs, who are scheduled to practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts on Thursday. However, because of the inclement weather, they remained in Washington after the game. They'll fly in on Thursday.

LAST GAME: The Cavs defeated Milwaukee last Saturday, 94-82.

UP NEXT: The Cavs host Atlanta at 7 p.m. Friday at Quicken Loans Arena.

SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Martell Webster (6-7, 235)
PF Tristan Thompson (6-9, 227) vs. Nene (6-11, 250)
C Tyler Zeller (7-0, 250) vs. Emeka Okafor (6-10, 250)
SG Dion Waiters (6-4, 221) vs. Bradley Beal (6-5, 207)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 191) vs. Shelvin Mack (6-3, 205) 
Cavs – C Anderson Varejao, F Samardo Samuels
Wizards - F Trevor Booker, G John Wall
Scott Foster, Kane Fitzgerald, Olandis Poole


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