Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavs fell 110-103 to the Washington Wizards Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

1. Either LeBron James had already fired the stat sheet into the garbage or he was looking at the big picture when he said he thought the Cavs played well even though they saw their four-game winning streak snapped.

2. They hit 8 of 35 (23 percent) from 3-point range, were outrebounded 43-36 (despite holding a 12-6 edge at 3:36 in the first quarter) and hit just 11 of 19 from the free throw line. Three players had double-digit negative plus/minus ratings (including James at -10) and only four (Cedi Osman, Kyle Korver, Jeff Green and George Hill) of the 10 who saw action were on the plus side or at zero. Second-year guard Tomas Satoransky of the Czech Republic, replacing rehabbing All-Star John Wall, scored 17 points (hitting 6 of 7 shots) with four rebounds and eight assists.

3. “I hate losing, obviously, but I think the way we played, the way we shared the ball, defensively, we were flying around as well,” James said. “Those guys, they just played better than us tonight. I like the start, I like direction we’re headed.”

4. After losing in their home debut, the four new Cavs acquired at the Feb. 8 trade deadline -- Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. -- fell to 2-1.

5. Perhaps James was thinking back to the old, slow, pre-deadline Cavs and how the Wizards would have scored more than four points off the Cavs’ 13 turnovers (four by James, three by Hill). Perhaps James realized that those Cavs would not have held Bradley Beal to 8 of 19 shooting, with Hood guarding him most of the time down the stretch. James saw that the energy that the newcomers displayed in victories at Boston and at Oklahoma City was still there, just their shooting eye was off.

6. Hill had several shots go in and out as he made just 2 of 10, 0 for 4 beyond the arc.

7. “It’s very frustrating, especially when I’m used to making them. My teammates kept telling me to fire away because they know it doesn’t happen that often,” Hill said. “Just couldn’t buy one tonight. The good thing is we play again tomorrow (at Memphis).”

8. At least Hill, who had shot .400 from the field and .375 on 3s in his first two games with the Cavs, could take comfort in that he wasn’t alone.

9. Clarkson and Green were 0 for 3 from long range, Osman 0 for 2, James 1 for 4, Korver 2 for 6, J.R. Smith 3 for 8. Most attributed it to the fact that they’d had eight days off for the All-Star break.

10. “We missed shots, we made mistakes defensively. They just capitalized tonight,” Clarkson said. “All-Star break kinda didn’t help us after being in a groove with everybody defensively and offensively. We’ll find it. It just shows we’ve still got a long way to go. We’ll keep getting it together.”

11. Hill also saw the effects of the break.

12. “I think that was one of the worst things we’ve had to deal with, finding that rhythm and then taking that 10 days off,” Hill said. “But we can’t make excuses. We missed some great looks tonight normally that we’ve been making.”

13. Hood had one of the worst attempts, clanging a wide-open look off the side of the backboard with 2:41 to go.

14. “Didn’t really have it in my hands,” Hood said. “I shot it with my palms and it hit the side of the backboard.”

15. But Hood saw some of the same things James saw.

16. “I thought we did a good job of just getting the open shots,” Hood said. “We’ll work some of the rust off and we’ll be better next game and the next game after that.”

17. James scored just three points in nine third-quarter minutes, but put the Cavs on his back in the fourth. He scored 14 of his game-high 32 points in the final period, hitting 6 of 9 field goals, with three rebounds, but went 2 for 4 from the free throw line.

18. “(LeBron) got into the paint and made the right play,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “We missed some open 3s. I mean, shooting 8-for-35, it’s going to be tough to beat a lot of teams. We had some good looks and good shots, they just didn’t fall for us. Him attacking in the fourth quarter, getting downhill, getting to the paint and kicking out for shots was good for us. We just didn’t make our shots and we didn’t make free throws, either.”

19. Lue said the Cavs did a good job on Beal and noted that Satoransky’s 17 points hurt them.

20. “But I thought the biggest spark was Oubre,” Lue said of Kelly Oubre Jr., who scored 17 points with five rebounds, two assists and two steals. He had the game’s best plus/minus at plus 15. “I thought he really hurt us off the bench. That’s what kind of like changed the game for them.”

21. In a strange moment, the Cavs video board caught Oubre untying Hood’s shoes during a dead ball with the Wizards leading 66-64 in the third quarter.

22. “I didn’t recognize it until I took off running,” Hood said.

23. There were no harsh words exchanged. “No. We know each other so he was doing it in a joking way,” Hood said.

24. Asked if the referee noticed, Hood said, “Yeah, he said he looked at it at halftime and he gave them a delay of game or something like that.”

25. Another factor in the Cavs blowing a 12-point second quarter lead was the Wizards going small, which enabled them to take a 57-54 halftime lead.

26. “They went small and put (Markieff) Morris at the 5 and it really gave us problems,” Lue said. “I thought it really had us in scramble mode. We had Tristan (Thompson) on the floor, so we had a big on the floor, and defensively it really put us in some bad situations.”

27. All know there is much to grasp, including how to play together.

28. “We’re still learning each other, still learning the defensive schemes and the offensive schemes,” Hill said. “We still have to learn the plays. Coach gave us a small playbook so far, but we still got a lot of other plays we need to learn. When we’re out there in different situations the ball is not moving as much as we would like it to. But we’ve got to take it one step at a time.”

29. James knows what lies ahead.

30. “It’s going to be very challenging, but I accept the challenge and I think the guys are excited about just trying to learn every day,” James said. “The good thing about it is, now we’re going to get to a point where we’re playing every other day, so we can learn on the floor. When we have our film sessions and we have our walk-throughs, we got to continue to keep our minds sharp because that’s all we have. We have to lean on that.

31. “We’re not like Washington. We’re not like Toronto. Obviously, Boston has some new guys, they’re figuring it out as well. We’re not like a lot of the teams where we can just hang our hats on our chemistry and how long we’ve been together.”

32. James did take issue with the notion that the trades changed him. He pointed to the Cavs’ 140-138 overtime victory over Minnesota the night before the deadline that started the four-game winning streak. He recorded his ninth of 10 triple-doubles this season against the Timberwolves (37-10-15).

33. “I don’t agree with that,” he said. “Before the deadline happened, before the trades happened, I re-focused myself to understand that I’m the leader of this team and I have to be mentally sharp and mentally strong throughout anything. Even before the trade, I planned on us having that team for the rest of the season. That was just my mindset and you saw that in the Minnesota game. We hadn’t made the trades then and in the Minnesota game, I just started to change my mindset. That’s just who I am.

34. “Where I am now, I think we can be really good. We got (25) games left to try to figure it out. I think if we can do that, we continue what we’re on now, then we’ll be OK.”

35. Not making the trip to Memphis and I don't post beyond the arc for afternoon games like Sunday's against San Antonio when there are quotes in the game stories, so check back after Tuesday's home game vs. Brooklyn.