NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Washington
(Friday, April 15th)
Final Score: Washington 119, Cleveland 111
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Gilbert Arenas scored 33 points and Larry Hughes had 31, leading the Washington Wizards to a 119-111 victory over Cleveland at the MCI Center.
Antawn Jamison added 21 points for the Wizards, who moved one game ahead of Indiana for fifth place in the Eastern Conference after the Pacers lost to Philadelphia on Friday.
"We've got to finish it out," Hughes acknowledged. "We can't pack it in. We are still playing to get rhythm going into the postseason."
Washington has won three straight on the heels of a five-game losing streak.
LeBron James poured in 38 points to lead the Cavaliers, who have lost three straight.
Cleveland slipped to the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, one game behind the 76ers and one game ahead of the ninth-place New Jersey Nets, who beat Toronto on Friday.
"It is a good situation because New Jersey and Philadelphia play each other on Sunday," James said. "That helps a little bit, but we are still going to have to play basketball."
James scored 20 points in first half on 9-of-19 shooting, but Washington shot 56 percent for a 56-51 lead at the break.
The Wizards grabbed a 4-2 lead early in the first quarter, and never trailed again. They led by as many as 10 on three occasions in the first half, the last time coming when an Arenas jumper made it 46-36 with five minutes left before intermission.
Washington could never put the game away, and the Cavaliers tied the score at 83 on Drew Gooden's layup with nine seconds left in the third quarter.
Cleveland was within 105-101 with less than three minutes remaining in the game, but Arenas scored four straight points to give the Wizards an eight- point lead.
Juan Dixon's three-pointer and a Jamison free throw extended Washington's advantage to nine points at 113-104. The Cavs would never be closer than six points the rest of the way.
Cleveland has three regular season games remaining, including two against division leaders Boston and Detroit. The Cavs will play two of their remaining three on the road, where they are 12-27 this season.
Washington won the season series 2-1...Robert Traylor scored 14 points with 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, and Gooden ended with 13 points...Dixon scored 11 off the bench for the Wizards...Cleveland shot 45 percent for the game, and just 2-of-14 on three-pointers.
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