Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/26/12
WASHINGTON -- Kyrie Irving scored 20 of his 26 points in the first half and Tristan Thompson scored the go-ahead 3-point play with 24.4 seconds remaining as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Washington Wizards 87-84 on Wednesday night at Verizon Center. Thompson had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have won two games in a row -- both without center Anderson Varejao -- after losing 11 of 12. Cleveland (7-23) improved to 9-2 in their last 11 games against Washington. The Wizards, losers of eight straight, fell to a NBA worst 3-23 record. Out of the starting lineup for the first time in nine games after violating a team rule, Jordan Crawford scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half for Washington. Emeka Okafor also scored 17 points and Nene had 16. Trailing 79-73 with less than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Irving's jump sparked a 9-0 run and Dion Waiters 3-pointer put the Cavaliers up 82-79. Washington went scoreless for more than four minu...
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