Red-hot Cavaliers rout Wizards for fourth consecutive win

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Cleveland Cavaliers’ Darius Garland (10) shoots as Washington Wizards’ Raul Neto, right, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

WASHINGTON — Darius Garland had 32 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers went on a 19-0 run spanning part of each half in a 116-101 rout of the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

Cleveland won its fourth straight game, and this streak has been pretty emphatic. The Cavaliers beat Orlando by 13, Dallas by 18 and Miami by 26.

On Friday, Cleveland scored the final nine points of the second quarter and the first 10 of the third, pushing a 10-point advantage to 29. After Bradley Beal’s layup snapped a drought of about 7½ minutes for Washington, Isaac Okoro and Garland made 3-pointers for Cleveland that made it 81-48.

Washington Wizards’ Aaron Holiday (4) shoots thee ball as Cleveland Cavaliers’ Evan Mobley, right, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

The Cavaliers led by as many as 36 points in the third. It was 99-72 after three before Washington cut into the margin in the fourth.

Jarrett Allen had 28 points and 13 rebounds for his sixth consecutive double-double.

Deni Avdija led Washington with 16 points.

Cleveland Cavaliers’ Evan Mobley, right, attempts to shoot as Washington Wizards’ Deni Avdija (9) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

Frustration

Washington’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was called for a technical foul after the end of the second quarter. The free throw for Cleveland came at the start of the third.

Near the end of the third, Aaron Holiday, Montrezl Harrell and Davis Bertans all received technicals from official CJ Washington, giving Garland three quick free throws. Washington also gave Cleveland’s Lamar Stevens a technical moments later.

Washington Wizards’ Montrezl Harrell, left, is fouled by Cleveland Cavaliers’ Lamar Stevens (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

Tip-ins

Cavaliers: Cleveland’s last 13 opponents have shot under 40% from 3-point range, the longest active streak in the NBA. Washington went 10 of 31 (32%). … The Cavaliers were without forward Dean Wade (right calf strain) and forward Cedi Osman (low back soreness), and guard Collin Sexton is out because of a left knee meniscal tear.

Wizards: Coach Wes Unseld Jr. said before the game the team was still evaluating whether forward Rui Hachimura should travel on the upcoming trip. Washington plays three games in four nights, so practice time is limited. Hachimura, who was absent for personal reasons, is now in the process of reconditioning for a return.

Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal, center, passes the ball as Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love, left, and Ricky Rubio, right, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

Up next

Cavaliers: Host the Utah Jazz on Sunday.

Wizards: Visit the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night.

Cleveland Cavaliers’ Darius Garland (10) passes the ball as Washington Wizards’ Deni Avdija (9) and Spencer Dinwiddie (26) defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

Jazz at Cavaliers

Time: 3:30 p.m. Sunday

TV: Bally Sports Ohio

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Darius Garland, Jarrett Allen power Cavaliers over Wizards



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