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Cavs sputter after hot start, lose to Wizards 110-103

Cavs sputter after hot start, lose to Wizards 110-103

Cavs sputter after hot start, lose to Wizards 110-103

The Washington Wizards snapped the Cleveland Cavaliers' four-game winning streak in the National Basketball Association, while Russell Westbrook was clutch for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Expectations were high for Cavs fans heading into the game at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Wizards' new lineup certainly didn't happen by design. He's not expected back until mid-to-late March.

Washington is 8-2 since star guard John Wall went down with a knee injury. Guard Bradley Beal generated criticism earlier this month when he said "Everybody eats" when Wall is out.

"Everybody eats. I'm going to keep saying it, man", Beal told TNT afterward.

With Trier sidelined, Arizona will need even more contributions from players such as sophomore Rawle Alkins and senior Parker Jackson-Cartwright to ensure that Ayton and senior center Dusan Ristic have the room they need to operate in the front court. But even in defeat, it was easy to see that the new-look Cavs are already a better version of their former selves. I think that starts next week, and I'm thrilled.

The Wizards had a balanced diet against the Cavs, with five players in double figures. Tomas Satoransky and Kelly Oubre Jr. posted 17 points apiece, while Otto Porter Jr. scored 15 and Jodie Meeks added 10.

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LeBron James had 32 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for Cleveland, which had a four-game winning streak end.

Evan Fournier had 25 points and Nikola Vucevic added 19 to lead the Magic, who have dropped four straight games.

Bulls forward Bobby Portis scored a career-high 38 off the bench in a 116-115 loss to the 76ers.

Tobias Harris scored 22 points, Danilo Gallinari wound up with 15 and DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Los Angeles, which had won five of six. Last night, James tallied the last 14 points.

Former general manager David Griffin had apparently been in constant communication with James throughout the previous three years, but Altman wasn't there during a long road trip in January.

Reigning MVP Westbrook hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to give the Thunder a dramatic 110-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

Overall, the Cavaliers are 5-2 in the last seven meetings against the Grizzlies (since 12/21/14), outscoring them by an average of 11.0 points (104.1-93.1) over that span.

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