CLEVELAND (AP) – Lauri Markkanen scored 23 points and All-Star center Jarrett Allen had 18 points and 14 rebounds when rallying the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 92-86 win over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.
Washington’s biggest lead of the game was 84-75 on Daniel Gafford’s basket with 6:39 left, but Cleveland responded with 12 straight points, limited by two Allen free throws to get ahead. prior to.
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The Cavaliers broke their three-game unbeaten streak.
“It was a honing game we played, but it still got us a ‘W’ tonight,” Allen said. “Our coaches really emphasized that this is a game where we need to get back on track. We have a long way to go, but this is a step in the right direction. “
Kyle Kuzma hit eight career-high threes and scored 34 for Washington, which was held to a draw for nearly five and a half minutes in Cleveland’s return. Kuzma’s jump with 1:11 left dragged the Wizards in 87-86, but they missed their last four shots.
“I think it’s more about us than them,” said Kuzma. “We know what they are trying to do and accomplish. We just didn’t do the rope game and it bit us in the ass. “
Allen, Brandon Goodwin and rookie Evan Mobley hit five free throws in the last 30 seconds to complete the win.
Cedi Osman scored 19 points from the bench and Mobley had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers. They were severely depleted in the backline with All-Star point guard Darius Garland, reserve Rajon Rondo and shooting defender Caris LeVert all injured.
“It’s not always perfect and it’s not always pretty, but our boys want to do whatever it takes to win,” Cleveland coach JB Bickerstaff said.
Kuzma won 13 rebounds, Gafford had 14 points and seven pounds, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 13. Washington, the team completed the head-to-head set after losing to San Antonio 157-153 in extra time in sixth time, a score of 4-12 as of Jan. 19.
“We have to get better,” coach Wes Unseld Jr. of Wizards said. “We played a pretty solid 42 minutes, but the last six got away from us. Maybe we’re just trying to do too much in the stretch. “
Garland (lower back pain) missed his second straight game and seventh overall with the illness as the Cavaliers struggled to get his condition under control.
Rondo (sprained right big toe) hurt Thursday in Detroit and will be out for two weeks, while LeVert (sprained right foot) is off for 1-2 weeks after stepping on a teammate’s foot in practice. .
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“We failed with a few guys, but everyone did their job for us,” Osman said. “JB expected us all to have a harder time tonight and we did.”
Markkanen shot three free throws to give Cleveland a 50-49 lead early in the third half, but the Wizards followed with nine straight points, including Kuzma’s sixth three.
Washington took a 27-18 lead in the second half, then secured a 42-40 advantage when interrupted after 14 points and seven rebounds from Kuzma. Osman has 12 points for the Cavaliers, who have shot 35.4% since coming on.
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Cavaliers G Tim Frazier, who has averaged 3.7 points in 10 games with the Magic this season, has been signed to a 10-day contract. The 31-year-old keeper has played for Philadelphia, Portland, New Orleans, Washington, Milwaukee, Detroit, Memphis and Orlando during his eight-year career. “He thrived in a 10-day environment, which is not easy to do,” says Bickerstaff. “But he has the uncanny ability to blend right in.”
Wizards:C Thomas Bryant, who missed the first 41 games after tearing the left ACL net last season, was limited to 16 minutes in the second half of a hit back. … F Deni Avdija played all 60 matches. … F Kristaps Porzingis (right knee bone bruise) and G Joel Ayayi bidirectional are both inactive. G Bradley Beal (left wrist surgery) rests for the season.
Cavaliers: F Dylan Windler is on duty in the G League with the Cleveland Charge. The 26th overall pick in 2019 hit just 93 seconds in the Cavaliers’ last six games. … LeVert is averaging 13.3 points and 3.8 assists in four games since being acquired from Indiana on February 7.… G Collin Sexton (left knee surgery) will not compete. fight for the season.
Wizards: Host Detroit on Tuesday night.
Cavaliers: Hosts Minnesota on Monday night.
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