LeBron James was in attack mode from the opening tip — he got to the free throw line eight times in the first quarter on his way to 12 points and 5 assists in the first 12 minutes. He set a tone and the rest of the Cavaliers got in line by playing defense and the Wizards wilted and turned the ball over seven times in the first quarter.
Cleveland went on a 15-2 run and was up 31-18 after one quarter. That was pretty much the ballgame.
The Cavs cruised 113-87 win behind a big game from James — 29 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. It was one of the best games the Cavaliers have played this season, it got them a little revenge from five days ago by the Wizards. The win also brings the Cavaliers up to .500 at 7-7.
The Wizards were without Nene and they are not the same defensive team without him. And they really could have used him against the Cleveland bigs — Kevin Love dropped 21 points on the game and Anderson Varejao was part of the hot first half for the Cavaliers as he started 5-of-5 from the floor.
If you are a Cavaliers fan here is what you should like best out of this game — they played really good defense.
They held the Cavaliers to 94.9 points per 100 possessions and they got good defensive possessions from Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, and Dion Waiters. John Wall shredded the Cavs to the tune of 28 points, Irving said he wanted to guard him and in the end Wall had six points on just six shots. Wall can take over a game and the Cavaliers didn’t let him.
If the Cavs can defend like that on a regular basis they will be a lot more, well, like the Cavaliers we expect. This is the kind of the effort they need to replicate.