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Wizards vs. Cavs score update: Kyrie Irving has Cavs rolling early, 50-39

Irving and rookie Dion Waiters push Cavs to quick start against Washington.


The Cleveland Cavaliers used a boost from their young backcourt to take an early lead over the visiting Washington Wizards, finishing the first half with a 50-39 lead at Quicken Loans Arena.

Second-year point guard Kyrie Irving paced the Cavs with 14 first-half points, which included two 3-point field goals. Irving's rookie running mate in the backcourt, Dion Waiters, added 8 points in his NBA regular season debut. The pair combined to score the first 9 points for Cleveland to put the Cavs in the lead.

The Cavs took a 6-point lead after the first quarter and then midway through the second quarter, went on an 8-1 run to extend the lead to double digits.

Center Emeka Okafor paced the Wizards in the first half with 8 points and 6 rebounds. Rookie guard Bradley Beal also pitched in 8 points for Washington. Point guard A.J. Price started the game for Washington in place of injured star John Wall.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.