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Recap: Wizards 115, Cavs 100

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 13, 2011

Quicken Loans Arena -- where humiliating losing streaks go to die.

Two nights after the Cavs ended their miserable losing skid, the Wizards killed their own road losing streak here. This was a game the Wizards had been pointing to for weeks as their one shot to end it. The Cavs never gave the effort level to match.

Byron Scott looks demoralized with every weak effort the Cavs give. He's tired of talking about effort and tired of today's players getting rewarded for playing hard. As he said before the game, "playing hard ain't no damn skill. It's what you're supposed to do."

The Cavs can't figure out how to do it on a consistent basis.

The sobering part of this night was the discrepancy in talent between the two teams, among the worst in the league. The Wizards have a young, promising point guard in John Wall, a solid veteran in Kirk Hinrich and a young big in Andray Blatche who is finally piecing together some of his potential.

As for the Cavs, one veteran NBA observer said tonight the Cavs have the worst talent of any team in the league -- and it's not even close. Their record matches that, too.


Antawn Jamison 21 points, seven rebounds
J.J. Hickson 16 points, 13 rebounds
Ramon Sessions 14 points, six assists
Nick Young 31 points
John Wall 19 points, 14 assists
Andray Blatche 17 points, nine rebounds

Turning point
The Cavs had six turnovers in the first six minutes and Nick Young's three-point play with 4:22 left in the opening quarter put the Wizards up 29-12. The Cavs trailed by double figures the rest of the night.

Key stat
The Wizards ended a 25-game road losing streak with the win over the Cavs.

They said it
"I'm still trying to figure them out. To me, that was ridiculous." -- Byron Scott on his players

Up next
The Cavs (9-46) host the Los Angeles Lakers (38-17) at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

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