WASHINGTON (AP) — (*29*) Beal had 29 factors and 10 assists in his return from the NBA’s well being and security protocols, and the Washington Wizards beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-93 on Thursday night time.
Beal, in his first recreation motion in 12 days, shot 13 of 23 from the ground in 34 minutes. Washington (18-17) prevented falling beneath .500 for the primary time this season.
Kyle Kuzma had 25 factors and 10 rebounds for Washington, which shot 45 of 90 from the ground (50%) and dedicated solely eight turnovers. The Wizards seized the lead for good halfway by means of the second quarter.
Deni Avdija scored 13 factors and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made 4 3-pointers for 12 factors in his return from a virus-related absence.
Kevin Love had 24 factors and 11 rebounds for Cleveland in its first recreation since shedding level guard Ricky Rubio for the season with a torn left ACL. Evan Mobley added 21 factors as Cleveland misplaced consecutive video games for the primary time since Dec. 5-6.
Beal made 9 of 13 pictures earlier than halftime, and his dunk off a feed from Corey Kispert gave Washington its largest lead of the half, 58-51, on the break.
That was a part of a 16-2 run that stretched into the third quarter.
Caldwell-Pope opened the third with a 3, Beal adopted with a tricky leaner, Brad Wanamaker transformed a three-point play and Kuzma dunked in transition as Washington raced to a 68-52 benefit.
Cavaliers: F Lamar Stevens and G/F Dylan Windler returned after a 12-day layoff spent in the league’s well being and security protocols. … In Rubio’s absence, rookie G Kevin Pangos made his first profession begin. … The Cavs had their streak of consecutive 100-point offensive performances snapped at 17 video games.
Wizards: C Daniel Gafford had 11 factors and 9 rebounds. … G Spencer Dinwiddie was positioned into well being and security protocols earlier than the sport. … Beal picked up a technical with 8:35 to play in the third quarter. …Wanamaker made his third profession NBA begin and first with Washington after signing a 10-day contract by way of the NBA hardship exception on Thursday. … C Jamie Echenique additionally signed a 10-day contract by way of hardship exception.
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, aka “Ms. Fitz,” the Washington trainer whose half-court shot earned her third graders sizzling chocolate and have become a viral video hit, made a halftime look.
With a team-store low cost for the group on the road, this time the previous Rutgers guard got here up empty in three makes an attempt from the middle circle.
Cavaliers: Host Atlanta on Friday night time.
Wizards: Host Chicago on Saturday night time.
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