NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, November 6th (All times eastern)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2-3) at Washington Wizards (1-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers resume a three-game east coast road trip Saturday when they arrive in the nation's capital to take on John Wall and the Washington Wizards.
The Cavs took the opener of their trek in Philadelphia on Friday when Daniel Gibson scored 17 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, while Anderson Varejao added 23 points on 10-of-10 shooting with 12 rebounds to help the Cleveland win its eighth straight game over the Sixers in the City of Brotherly Love, 123-116.
Mo Williams notched 22 points to go with seven assists, and J.J. Hickson donated 16 points and eight caroms for Cleveland, which had lost three straight since a season-opening win over Boston.
"Obviously we had some guys that played really big. Andy was fantastic," Cavs head coach Byron Scott said of Varejao. "That's a great win for us especially on the road. I thought we showed great character."
Cavs forward Antawn Jamison, a former Wizard, was absent against the Sixers due to a sore knee and is questionable for tonight.
Cleveland will finish its current trip in New Jersey on Nov. 9.
The Wizards, who are opening a three-game homestand tonight, fell for the third time in four games during the young season in New York on Friday when Toney Douglas scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds off the bench, as the Knicks handled Washington, 112-91, at a debris-free Madison Square Garden.
Amare Stoudemire added 18 points for the Knicks, who returned to The World's Most Famous Arena after falling debris in the 42-year-old structure forced the postponement of New York's scheduled home game against Orlando on Tuesday.
Washington guard Gilbert Arenas made his season debut, scoring 18 points off the bench. Arenas, who missed the Wizards' first three games of the year with a strained tendon in his right ankle, sat out Washington's final 50 games last season after pleading guilty in January to the charge of carrying a pistol in the District of Columbia without a license. He was sentenced to 30 days in a halfway house and two years probation in March.
"Making your first shot always feels good," Arenas said. "The first couple of ones I rushed it, just being nervous out there. In the fourth quarter, I really began to feel comfortable."
Andray Blatche ended with 22 points and six rebounds for Washington, which fell to 1-3 on the season. Wall added 13 points and seven assists but had nine turnovers, giving the rookie star 17 in his past two games.
"We had some bad decision making from time to time, but I thought I did a good job of trying to find my teammates," Wall said. "They (Knicks) did a good job defensively and switching it up. I did try to force it and they did a good job of stopping it."
Cleveland took two of three from the Wizards last season but Washington has won five straight in the series at the Verizon Center and is 12-2 against the Cavs at home since the 2002-03 season.
11/06 10:30:44 ET