14 3s lift Cavs over Wiz­ards

Baltimore Sun - - NBA COLLEGE BASKETBALL - As­so­ci­ated Press

WASH­ING­TON — Adding a win to their White House visit, LeBron James and the Cleve­land Cava­liers capped a per­fect visit to the na­tion’s cap­i­tal by beat­ing the Wash­ing­ton Wiz­ards, 105-94, on the strength of 14 3-point­ers Fri­day night.

A day af­ter be­ing feted as NBA cham­pi­ons by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, the Cavs im­proved to 7-1 this sea­son, re­cov­er­ing quickly from their only loss, which came against At­lanta on Tues­day. James had 27 points, 10 re­bounds and five as­sists, and Kevin Love fin­ished with 14 points and 16 re­bounds.

Kyrie Irv­ing scored 29 and helped the Cavs hold John Wall to only five of his 28 points af­ter halftime.

James clutched at his lower right back af­ter get­ting fouled with 71⁄ min­utes left but re­mained in the game.

Cleve­land en­tered tied for the league lead by av­er­ag­ing 13 made 3s, and it was good on 42 per­cent of its tries Fri­day.

J.R. Smith’s 17 points in­cluded five 3s; one gave Cleve­land its big­gest mar­gin of the game, at 84-72 with a minute re­main­ing in the third quar­ter.

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