Cleveland Cavaliers steamroll Washington Wizards for third straight win
Cleveland Cavaliers extend streak to three games
The Cleveland Cavaliers continue on to three consecutive wins following a 114-91 road blowout over the Washinton Wizards. With another energizing rout on the road, the Cavs finally move back up to fourth place in the standings with a 34-22 card.
Only 24 hours removed from a dominant display against the Indiana Pacers, the Cavaliers continued to ride the momentum and immediately raced to a double-digit advantage in the opening minutes of the game. That lead eventually ballooned to as much as 28.
All five Cavaliers starters once again tallied double-figures, with Jarrett Allen and Darius Garland each putting in 23 points, as Donovan Mitchell added 21 while Evan Mobley and Isaac Okoro combined for 28 more in the wire-to-wire win.
On the other side, Kristaps Porzingis led the Wizards with 18 points in the absence of fellow star Bradley Beal, who remained out due to a left foot injury. Washinton forwards Will Barton and Deni Avdija chipped in with 15 and 12 points each in the loss.
The Cavs should look to stay consistent
Caris LeVert (hamstring) returned to the lineup for the Cavs to add 10 markers off the bench, as Ricky Rubio sat this one out as he is yet to be cleared to play in back-to-back games since recovering from his ACL injury. The team’s defense was also a key factor in their recent success.
Cleveland would do well to avoid the risk of falling all the way back into the play-in territory as they did in a gaffe late last season, and starting this month strong would be a good way towards that. Not only should they lock in on a playoff spot, but also try to chase a top-three seed while at it.
After the heartening road win, the Cavaliers have temporarily moved up to fourth place ahead of the suddenly–or rather frequently–embroiled Brooklyn Nets, but need to remain consistent to secure one of the four berths that come with homecourt advantage in an uber-competitive Eastern Conference.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will have a day off to travel back home ahead of hosting their struggling division rivals Detroit Pistons at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on February 8.