NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Washington 24 23 22 44 113
Cleveland 26 27 35 28 116
4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0019:00 ET6:00 PM CT22:00 , January 29, 2019
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio  Attendance: 19,432

Wizards stand in way of potential Cavs' winning streak

According to STATS
According to STATS

Washington Wizards at Cleveland Cavaliers

  1. The Wizards and Cavaliers have split their two meetings this season, with the Cavs most recently winning in Cleveland on December 8, 116-101. The Cavaliers made a season-high 15 three-pointers in that game; they are the only team in the NBA yet to make 16 threes in a game this season.
  2. Washington lost to San Antonio on Sunday, 132-119. It was the 10th time this season the Wizards have allowed at least 130 points, most in the NBA.
  3. Cleveland earned its 10th win in a 104-101 road win against Chicago on Sunday. This is only the fourth Cavs team in franchise history to start a season 10-41 or worse joining the 2002-03 (10), 2010-11 (eight), and 1970-71 (six) teams.
  4. The Wizards had all five starters score at least 15 points in the loss to the Spurs. They are only the seventh team to do so this season and the first Wizards team since February 2017 versus Cleveland.
  5. Jordan Clarkson had 18 points, six assists and seven rebounds off the bench against Chicago. It was the eighth time he has had at least 15 points, five assists and five boards off the bench since last season, tied for most such games in the NBA (also Dwyane Wade and Lou Williams).
  6. The Wizards are forcing 17.2 turnovers per game this season, second most in the NBA behind Oklahoma City (17.8). The Cavs average just 13.6 turnovers per game, fifth fewest in the NBA.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will look to win consecutive games for just the second time this season when they host the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.

Cleveland (10-41) ended a six-game losing streak with a 104-101 win at the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. It was just the Cavaliers' second win in their past 20 games.

The Cavaliers squandered an eight-point fourth-quarter lead and found themselves trailing 98-96. Instead of folding on the road, Cleveland finished the game on an 8-3 surge over the final 3:52 for the win.

"We haven't been in that situation often, but when we do get there, it's important moving forward that we learn how to play down the stretch, we learn how to execute, how to defensively get the stops that we need," Cavs head coach Larry Drew told the Plain Dealer after Cleveland improved to 5-22 on the road.

"Certainly, any time you do that on the road it makes it that much sweeter. We've had our struggles on the road, but we came up with the plays down the stretch that we needed and that's what let us come up with the win."

Alec Burks and Jordan Clarkson led Cleveland with 18 points apiece. The Cavs bench outscored the Bulls reserves 40-26, including 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting by Matthew Dellavedova, who played crucial minutes down the stretch.

"I think he just stopped us from running all around. When he gets the ball in his hands, he's playmaking and he's telling us where to go, what play to run and he's just a great player and really great to have him in those situations," forward Cedi Osman told the Plain Dealer.

The Wizards finish a three-game road trip in Cleveland after dropping a 132-119 decision Sunday in San Antonio, which was news to no one. Washington has dropped 19 straight road games at San Antonio, last winning there in December 1999.

Washington trailed 70-67 at halftime but shot 7 of 24 in the decisive third quarter, when it was outscored 29-17.

"It was an outrageously high amount of points," guard Bradley Beal told the Washington Post regarding the first half. "I'm sure (Spurs coach Gregg Popovich) wasn't happy with the amount we scored, either, so it came down ... to whoever defended. And they were the ones who defended. We didn't."

Tomas Satoransky scored a season-high 21 points for Washington and added nine rebounds and eight assists. Beal also scored 21 points for the undermanned Wizards. Trevor Ariza added 20.

Already without John Wall, Dwight Howard and Markieff Morris, Washington was also minus Sam Dekker (back spasms) and Ian Mahinmi (sprained right thumb) against San Antonio.

The Spurs shot 57 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from 3-point range (16 of 34). Washington was out-rebounded 49 to 32 and remains last in the NBA in rebound differential (minus-7.1 per game).

The Wizards entered this week 29th in the NBA in scoring defense, allowing 115.9 points per game. Cleveland isn't much better at 113.3.

The teams split the first two meetings of the season, with each team winning at home.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 28, 2019

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