Instant analysis: Cavs 103, Wizards 96 OT

Instant analysis: Cavs 103, Wizards 96 OT
November 16, 2013, 9:45 pm
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Highlights: Cavs blow past Wizards in OT

Nene's words criticizing his younger teammates didn't work as the Wizards went cold in the extra period to lose their fourth game in a row -- second in overtime -- in falling at Verizon Center on Saturday in front of 18,038.

The Wizards (2-7) blew a 15-point lead in the first half as Kyrie Irving scored 15 points in the second quarter. Nine of them were scored in an 89-second span, all three shots coming on three-pointers, as he heated up. 

After briefly losing the lead in the third quarter the Wizards regained it and lost it again as Earl Clark (11 points), Tristan Thompson (15) and Irving (game-high 41) led the comeback for Cleveland (4-7). 

Nene made a free throw and stripped Irving with the score tied at 90 to prevent a winning shot in regulation to force overtime tied at 90. 

The Wizards, however, froze as Irving closed them out by scoring nine of Cleveland's final 13 points. 

The Wizards had four starters in double-figures scoring, led by Bradley Beal with 28, Nene's 24, 14 from Martell Webster and 12 by Marcin Gortat. John Wall (nine points) was the only starter to not reach double figures but he finished with a game-high 12 assists. 

Turning point: Irving scored the first seven points of the extra period for Cleveland while Nene had turnover as he was stripped by Anderson Varejao, Wall shot an airball on a drive to the basket and Beal missed an open look in the lane. 

Best in show: Irving. No one else was close. For the Wizards it was Beal, who made 4 of 9 three-point shots.

Needs improvement: Kevin Seraphin came in earlier than anticipated because of two early fouls by Nene. Jan Vesely had moved ahead of him in the rotation in the previous game, a loss at the San Antonio Spurs. Seraphin continued to have difficulty as he had three turnovers in the first eight minutes he played. Hd didn't play in the second half. 

Size matters: The Cavs started Andrew Bynum to combat the size of Nene and Marcin Gortat. Gortat was able to keep Bynum off the low block as he pushed him out, took the physical contact and contested just about every shot. Bynum was held to six points on 2-for-8 shooting in 21 minutes. 

Key stat: Cleveland made 21 of 22 free throws. Washington shot the same number but made five fewer. 

DNP: Eric Maynor and Trevor Booker were healthy but didn't play. Al Harrington (right knee soreness) dressed but didn't play as expected. Trevor Ariza (right hamstring strain) was inactive. 

From the locker room: "We were trying to double him every pick-and-roll. The kid is a good player, and he got away from us and then he got hot. He was making shots when we were running people at him. ... We were in position, even with his 41, we should have won the game." -- Wizards coach Randy Wittman on Irving

"We can't let one guy beat us. We all have to get on the same page and we have to do a better job of defending and keeping leads. .. He was in the zone and we tried our best on him. When you have a player like that of his caliber, you have to make other guys on the team beat you." -- Beal 

"Every time we play against each other we're always trying to go at each other. He filled up the stat sheet tonight. His shots will fall. Every time we play against each other, we always take it as a personal challenge. It's not about being a number one pick, or anything like that. It's just another good point guard going against another good one and putting on a show for the fans." -- Irving on Wall

"They do a good job of getting him in situations where he can come off the screen. He made a couple of tough shots and then he was getting into the rhythm where he was getting to the basket and getting to the free throw line. So once a guy who can shoot the ball very well gets into a rhythm, it's hard to stop him. He was getting by in pick-and-rolls and isolated situations." -- Wall on Irving

"We're down 15 and we could have easily quit. We were kind of discombobulated. ... Kyrie just stayed with it. All of our guys stayed with it. He stayed with it vocally and then you could just feel his presence." -- Cavs coach Mike Brown

Up next: The Wizards likely will practice Sunday and Monday at Verizon Center before playing the Minnesota Timberwolves here Tuesday (CSN, 7 p.m. ET).