Wizards Conjure Up Big Second Half, Beat Cavs 97-83

Cleveland looks to make it two straight to start the preseason

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Washington Takes Advantage Of Cold Cavs, Wins Easily

The Cavaliers held their own through the first half tonight, leading at the intermission by one, but the second half belonged to Washington, as the Wizards, behind five players in double figures, improved to 2-0 in the exhibition season with a 97-83 win over Cleveland (1-1).

Yi Jianlian led the way for Washington with 16, while Kentucky rookie John Wall chipped in with a dozen in a game in which neither team shot well. Washington finished at just 40% from the floor, but that was enough to beat the 35% shooting of the Cavaliers.

Cleveland was led by J.J. Hickson’s 16, while Leon Powe, Ramon Sessions and Daniel Gibson each tallied ten points.

Cleveland is off until Sunday, when they take on the Houston Rockets in the first game of a back-to-back in the Lone Star State that will continue against the Mavericks on Monday.

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New Look Cavaliers Face John Wall, Revamped Wizards

The Cavaliers passed their first preseason test on Tuesday night, beating the Charlotte Bobcats and their legendary coach 87-72.  Tonight they'll look to get the better of the #1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft - John Wall - and the Washington Wizards.

The Wiz were also victorious in their first preseason game - a 97-94 win over the Dallas Mavericks.  Wall scored 21 in his preseason debut, a performance that led Wizards G Gilbert Arenas to say "He's Batman, I'm Robin."  Arenas added 12 points in the win.

PROBABLE STARTERS:

CLEVELAND:

PG - Ramon Sessions
SG - Anthony Parker
SF - Jamario Moon
PF - J.J. Hickson
C - Ryan Hollins

WASHINGTON:

PG - John Wall
SG - Gilbert Arenas
SF - Kirk Hinrich
PF - Andray Blatche
C - JaVale McGee

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