Instant analysis: Wizards 96, Cavaliers 83

Instant analysis: Wizards 96, Cavaliers 83
February 23, 2014, 8:30 pm
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The Wizards overcame the loss of Nene to a left knee sprain and were able to extend their lead and put away the their nemesis at Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday to draw even in the season series and get back to .500.

John Wall got the Wizards (28-28) out to a fast start with 16 of his game-high 21 points in the first half en route to their third consecutive victory. He also finished with nine assists and just one turnover.

Bradley Beal rebounded from a lackluster showing Saturday vs. the New Orleans Pelicans to score 17 on 8-for-15 shooting. Marcin Gortat posted another double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Trevor Ariza had 15 points and 10 rebounds, including a three-pointer that gave Washington its largest lead of 15 in the waning minutes. 

[RELATED: Trevor Ariza 3-pointer gets "DAGGER" call]

The Cavs (22-35) had been one of the NBA's hottest teams and have won twice on Washington's home floor. Sunday's win was the Wizards' second on their home floor. 

Kyrie Irving was held in check, scoring 15 points on 6-for-17 shooting. Luol Deng contributed 17 points but he only shot 4-for-13. 

Turning point: Missing Nene on the floor, the Wizards went on a 16-6 run to take an 89-78 lead midway through the fourth quarter, capped by consecutive baskets by Beal in the lane.

Key stat: The Wizards only had five turnovers.

Back in rhythm: For the second game in a row, PF Al Harrington was inserted to end the second quarter and he was able to get up his first shot, an errant three-pointer in the first half. He logged 33 seconds in his first action since Nov. 12 on Saturday. Nene's injury, however, led to Harrington playing more. He had five points and two rebounds in six minutes, and his defense forced Tristan Thompson into a turnover when the Wizards began to pull away. 

[RELATED: Left knee sprain knocks out Nene vs. Cavaliers]

From the locker room: Check back for updates after the game. 

Up next: The Wizards returned to D.C. after the game and will be off Monday. They'll shoot around Tuesday morning before playing the Orlando Magic at Verizon Center (CSN, 7 p.m. ET).