Wizards Vs. Cavaliers: Cleveland Falls To Washington, 96-85

Kyrie Irving started, but only played nine minutes in the loss.

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Cavaliers Vs. Wizards Final Score: Cleveland Downed By Streaking Washington, 96-85

The Cleveland Cavaliers were upended by the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night, 96-85, closing out their home portion of the schedule this season. The win was the Wizards' fifth in a row and the loss for the Cavs keeps them in serious contention for the third best lottery odds when the NBA Draft lottery takes place at the end of May.

Rookie of the Year candidate Kyrie Irving started the game despite coming down with an illness beforehand, but did not play beyond the first half. He finished with five points and an assist. The Cavs were instead led by D.J. Kennedy (!) who had 12 points and six rebounds in 30-plus minutes.

The Wizards were led by John Wall, who was close to a quadruple double; he finished with 21 points, 13 assists, seven rebounds, and seven steals.

The Cavs close out their disappointing season Thursday night at Chicago.

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Cavaliers Vs. Wizards Score Update: Cleveland Down 4 At Half, 49-45

The Cleveland Cavaliers could have a lot to lose by winning their final two games of the season (draft odds!), so it was kind of surprising to hear rookie Kyrie Irving would play in their final home game despite coming down with an illness. Irving hasn't done much in helping the Cavs against the streaking Wizards, though, as the Cavs trail at the half by four, 49-45.

Irving only played in nine-plus minutes in the first half and had just five points (2-for-4) and an assist. In fact, the starters haven't done much, shooting 7-for-20. Alonzo Gee leads the Cavs with seven points and Antawn Jamison added six and five rebounds.

The Wizards are being led by John Wall's seven points and six assists. The Wizards are seeking their fifth straight win of the season.

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Cavaliers Vs. Wizards: Kyrie Irving Will Start, Despite Illness

Kyrie Irving will start Wednesday night for the Cleveland Cavaliers (21-43) in their final home game of the season, despite missing the morning shoot around due to gastroenteritis, according to Jason Lloyd of The Akron Beacon Journal.

Cavaliers coach Byron Scott did not expect Irving to play, but said he wanted to play for the fans. The Cavaliers will take on the streaking Washington Wizards (18-46), who are winners of four consecutive games.



Irving is the runaway leader for Rookie of the Year, playing 50 games and averaging 18.8 points, 5.5 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game. The Cavaliers will conclude their season on Thursday in Chicago against the Bulls.

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Kyrie Irving 'Doubtful' For Final Home Game Of Season

Kyrie Irving is 'doubtful' for Wednesday night's home finale against the Washington Wizards due to illness.

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