14 3s lift Cavs over Wizards
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.