Comments after the Cavs' 98-89 victory at Washington Saturday night:
COACH BYRON SCOTT
Overall: “We kept making shots, kept executing on the offensive end. I wouldn’t say we had a lull, but we had some lack of focus in the third quarter where we allowed some offensive rebounds because guys weren’t focused on boxing out guys. Other than that, I thought we kept our poise. The last couple weeks our guys are just competing.”
On starting guards Donald Sloan and Anthony Parker combining for 28 points and 9 assists: “They were great. Donald has been doing a fantastic job running the team. AP came up big, made some big shots, hit some free throws and handled the ball and he made some good decisions.
“We did a good job especially towards the end of running the offense and getting what we wanted to get. Guys stepped up and made plays.”
On the balanced scoring with so many guys playing: “We’ve been running the offense pretty well the last couple games. With Luke (Harangody) coming in, that’s why you’re on the D-League team, because you have the same system down there. When guys come up, it’s not foreign to them. There was a couple little wrinkles we added that Luke hadn’t seen. But overall 90 percent of the offense we ran he had been running, so it wasn’t that foreign to him.”
On starting Harangody over Samardo Samuels: “I just thought it would be good. With (Jamison) out of the lineup, it gives us another guy who’s a stretch 4 as well in Luke. And it doesn’t really change things we run offensively. He can run the same things and do the same things as far as making shots and being a guy who can definitely stretch the floor. I’m glad I stuck with that decision.”
On Harangody looking like a different player than the start of the season: “What I saw was a guy who looked real comfortable. It wasn’t that big of a deal to him. Even when I told him I was starting, he was like, ‘OK.’”
WIZARDS COACH RANDY WITTMAN
Overall: “We got off to a rough start in that first quarter. We missed some easy shots … they shot 67 percent in the first half. We never had any control of the game. Our focus tonight coming out of timeouts wasn’t very good. We didn’t have a sense of urgency.”
On Harangody: “He’s been in the league a few years. He played in Boston. The kid can play. You take your hat off to him.”
CAVS GUARD ANTHONY PARKER
On Harangody: “It’s great. And keep in mind he played last night, too, with the D-League team. They had a big win. And he’s going to play again tomorrow. It’s great that he has the confidence and that he’s played well within the D-League. To bring it up to this level says a lot.”
On Sloan: “He and Lester (Hudson) and even Manny (Harris) were put in a tough situation. They joined a team three-quarters of the year through and they’re starting, playing significant minutes. They’re trying to learn on the fly with very little practice time. It’s pretty amazing that those guys have been able to do what they’ve done so far.”
The Cavs shot 65.7 percent (23 of 35) in the first half. Their previous best in a half this season before Saturday came on Feb. 10 against Milwaukee, when they hit 24 of 38 (63.2) in the first half.
The last time the Cavs shot 65.7 or better was Feb. 6, 2010 against the New York Knicks, when they connected on 29 of 44 (65.9) in the first half.