The Cleveland Cavaliers (7-23) shot just 37 percent on Wednesday night, but it was just enough to push them to an 87-84 victory over the lowly Washington Wizards (3-23). The Cavs were led by star point guard Kyrie Irving, who put up 26 points, eight assists and six rebounds and power forward Tristan Thompson, who chipped in with 15 points and 12 boards.
The Wizards shot far better than Cleveland, shooting 46 percent from the field as a team. Unfortunately for Washington, the Cavaliers taught them a lesson in efficiency despite only scoring 87 points themselves. The Cavs shot 10 for 27 from the three-point line, far surpassing Washington's 4 for 18 from downtown. Cleveland also owned the free throw stripe, going 15 for 23 on freebies. That number of makes was more than the total number of free throws taken by Washington, which went 10 for 14 from the stripe.
Washington also turned the ball over 20 times compared to Cleveland's 10. The Wiz squandered double-doubles from both Martell Webster and Emeka Okafor.
Cleveland will be off on Thursday before the team hosts the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.