Cavaliers stop Wizards
WASHINGTON – LeBron James set aside first-half foul trouble to finish with 28 points in only 25 minutes Friday night, and Kyrie Irving scored 25, helping the surging Cleveland Cavaliers overwhelm the Washington Wizards 127-89.
Cleveland led by as many as 22 points before halftime and as many as 40 after to win for the 15th time in its past 17 games.
The 38-point margin was Washington's largest loss of the season. The Cavaliers also produced the most points by a Washington opponent in a first quarter (35) and first half (65).
About the only glaring mistake the Cavs made was Kevin Love's flubbed attempt at a driving, two-handed dunk — the basketball hit the front of the rim.
All-Star point guard John Wall had 18 points and nine assists for Washington.
The Wizards are 14-16 over their last 30 games, following a 19-6 start.
•RAPTORS RIP HAWKS: Lou Williams made seven of 10 three-pointers and scored 26 points and Toronto routed Atlanta 105-80 in a matchup of the Eastern Conference's top teams. DeMar DeRozan added 21 points for Toronto. The Raptors outscored the Hawks 28-13 in the third quarter to open a 23-point lead.
• HEAT WINS WITHOUT STARS: With Chris Bosh hospitalized in South Florida for tests and Goran Dragic not yet available, eight of nine Miami players scored in double figures and the Heat beat New York 111-87.
•HARRIS LIFTS MAVS: Devin Harris scored 17 points, Al-Farouq Aminu set season highs with 17 points and 12 rebounds, and the balanced Mavericks held on to beat the Rockets.
• PISTONS TOP BULLS: Andre Drummond had 18 points and 20 rebounds to lead short-handed Detroit past Chicago 100-91. Greg Monroe and Caron Butler each scored 20 points.
•BUCKS BOUNCE NUGGETS: Khris Middleton scored 15 points, John Henson added 14 and Milwaukee beat Denver 89-81.
•ORLANDO PREVAILS: Victor Oladipo scored 22 points, and Nik Vucevic had 18 points and 13 rebounds in Orlando's 95-84 victory over New Orleans.