WASHINGTON: Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 41 points, including nine in the overtime session, and the Cavaliers rallied from a 15-point deficit in the first half for a 103-96 victory over the Washington Wizards and their first road win of the season.
Irving, who began the night shooting just 38 percent, made 14 of 28 shots (including 4 of 7 on 3-pointers) and delivered the first seven points of the overtime session for the Cavs.
With the game tied at 90, Irving had a chance to win it at the buzzer in regulation, but Nene poked the ball away from him on his drive to the basket and the Wizards recovered with one second left.
The game went to overtime when Nene’s 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer never made it to the rim.
Tristan Thompson had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Jarrett Jack had 13 points off the bench. The Cavaliers recovered from another miserable start to the game offensively. They made just four baskets in the first quarter and shot just 27 percent and fell behind 38-23 in the second quarter before fighting back.
The Cavs improve to 1-6 on the road.
Andrew Bynum returned to the team after missing two games to deal with a family medical matter and had six points and three rebounds. C.J. Miles again started at shooting guard in place of Dion Waiters, who was not with the team.
Much of Saturday focused around a players’-only meeting the Cavs held after Wednesday’s loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, when a few heated exchanges took place among players.
The meeting was first reported by ESPN.com.
“Things happen. We're able to talk amongst one another. You can have a disagreement. That's very much OK,” Jarrett Jack said. “It’s not against the law. But the whole thing about it is, if you're going to have a talk or any conversation, a resolution should be the reason for having it in the first place. That was the whole reason why we called the meeting, had the discussions. I like the place that we're in right now.”
There has been rampant speculation over Waiters’ illness, which happens to coincide with Wednesday’s postgame meeting. But coach Mike Brown said Waiters is legitimately sick and has seen a doctor twice because of it.
“Somebody says they're sick, they go to the doctor, the doctor takes care of it and we move on,” Brown said.