Wizards beat down by Cavaliers in home rout

WASHINGTON — The Washington Wizards lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-101 on Friday night at Capital One Arena. Here are five observations from what went down…


When the Wizards and Cavs first met this season back on Nov. 10, the Wizards’ offense didn’t wake up until Kyle Kuzma got hot from three in the fourth quarter, but their defense kept them within striking distance, so they had enough to win. They had no such luck on Friday night in Washington, as the Cavs blew them out by 15 points and earned the Wizards their first round of homecourt boos this season. 

The game was yet another sign the Wizards’ defense is not what it was just a few weeks ago. The Cavs lit the Wizards up from three, shooting 13-for-30 (43.3%) from long range. They also dominated them on the boards, outrebounding Washington 54-to-33. Cleveland had 15 offensive rebounds and 18 second-chance points.

The Cavaliers tied the season series between the teams at 1-1. They will play two more times, on Dec. 30 in Washington and Feb. 26 in Cleveland. Given both teams are so close in the playoff picture, it will be something to watch for seeding purposes.

The Wizards fell to 14-9 on the season. They had won three of four coming in, but are also now 4-6 in their last 10 games.

Allen was too much

Though the score didn’t reflect it at the end of…

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