The Washington Wizards ended their six game losing streak as Jordan Crawford’s game high 31 points, 13 of 22 from the field, led the Wiz to a 101-98 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers which earned them their eighth win of the season.
Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison made his first appearance at Verizon Center since being traded over two years ago and had a great first half with 19 points on 7 of 12 shooting, but the Wizards defense came up strong in the second half only allowing him 10 points, all in the third quarter and nothing in the fourth.
Andray Blatche played in his first game in six weeks due to a calf injury and even though he only had one point in over 21 minutes of action, he still contributed with nine rebounds, four on the offensive end, and five assists as he works himself back into shape.
Cavs rookie Kyrie Irving went for 20 on 8 of 14 shooting, but couldn’t keep up with his friend John Wall.
Wall continues his growth as a professional by calling more plays on the offensive side and putting in 24 points on 8 of 17 shooting including five assists and five rebounds.
The Wizards ended up shooting 46% from the filed, 61.9% from the line and 38.1% from three. Crawford went 5 for 11 from deep to lead the Wizards. Roger Mason Jr. Also had a nice outing putting up 11 points on 4 of 7 shooting, including 2 of 4 from three. Javale McGee had a strong game on the boards, coming down with 12 rebounds, including four on the offensive side.
Even though the Cavaliers are just a tad bit better than the Wizards, this was a strong step in the right direction for the Wiz kids as they learned a lot about coming back, down ten in the first half, cutting down on the turnovers, 18 on the night, and battling their way to a much needed win.
The Wizards still have three more games left on this five game homestand as they host the Golden State Warriors Monday night.
Listen here to what Randy Wittman, Jordan Crawford, John Wall, Jan Vesely, Andray Blatche & Roger Mason Jr. had to say following the win.
Randy Wittman Postgame Audio
Jordan Crawford Postgame Audio
John Wall Postgame Audio
Jan Vesely Postgame Audio
Andray Blatche Postgame Audio
Roger Mason Jr. Postgame Audio