John Wall also had an impressive stat line with 17 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. Wall fell awkwardly on his left leg going up for a layup in the third quarter and laid on the ground for a minute but walked it off and continued playing.
The Cavs opened the game on a quick 16-7 run. Bradley Beal committed two turnovers in a 15 second span resulting in two dunks for LeBron James. Beal would hit three of his next four shots to keep the Wizards within striking distance as they trailed 27-23 after one period.
Everything fell apart in the second quarter. Crisp ball movement from the Cavs led to wide open threes for James, J.R. Smith, and Matthew Dellavedova. In addition, the Wizards couldn’t do anything to stop LeBron in transition as he was able to get into the paint at ease resulting in easy baskets for the Cavs.
The Cavs outscored the Wizards 32-19 in the second quarter to take a commanding 59-42 lead at halftime.
The Wizards would show a little bit of fight as they were able to cut the lead to 13, 63-50 at the 6:39 mark of the third quarter. But Kyrie Irving would hit back-to-back threes to stretch the lead to 19 as the Cavs never looked back.
The win streak stops at four as the Cavs blowout the Wizards 108-83.
Turnovers: You can beat teams like the 76ers and Wolves turning the ball over 15+ times but you won’t be the Cavs. The Wizards turned the ball over 16 times tonight (10 in the first half), many of which were live ball turnovers.
Bradley Beal came off the bench in the first quarter and turned the ball over twice in 15 seconds resulting in two straight dunks for LeBron. The Cavs put up 10 more shots than the Wizards in the first half (48-38) as a result and turned those 10 turnovers into nine points. The Wizards cleaned things up a bit committing just 6 turnovers in the second half but at that point, the game was already out of hand.
Wizards go cold from three-point range: Bradley Beal hit his first two three-pointers of the night and it looked like Beal might be in for another big game. Unfortunately, the rest of the team went 0-7 from range in the half. The Wizards finished the night 3-20 from three-point range (15 percent). The Cavs, on the other hand, were 12-27 (44 percent) from three-point range.
Cavs dominate in the paint: The Cavs scored 30 points in the paint in the first half and 46 for the game. A lot of this was due to poor transition defense. Morris was tasked with guarding James and could not stop him. LeBron was able to finish at the rim or lob it to Timofey Mozgov for a dunk. In addition, the Wizards had trouble staying in front of Irving and even Matthew Dellavedova.
The Wizards surrendered just eight offensive rebounds but many of which resulted in easy put backs for Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov.