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Wizards vs. Cavaliers final score: Washington’s third quarter comeback not enough in 113-100 loss

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A poor first half was too much to overcome though Washington had a strong comeback in the third quarter and trailed by one possession at points in the fourth quarter.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura had his hands full battling against Kevin Love, but he did have a nice bounce back game nevertheless.
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The Washington Wizards (2-6) lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers (3-5) 113-100 on Friday night at Capital One Arena where they never led.

The downfall for this game? The first half. The Cavaliers forced the Wizards to commit 11 turnovers in the first half, converting them to 13 points. Cleveland’s bench outscored Washington’s 26-10 as well.

Rui Hachimura was a bright spot for the Wizards, scoring 15 of his 21 points in the first half. He also shot 10-of-13 from the field,. In addition, Thomas Bryant also scored 23 points, shooting 11-of-16.

And here’s one more good thing in the game. Washington’ made a furious comeback in the third quarter, outscoring Cleveland 32-21. They were able to do so by outrebounding the Cavaliers, 17-11 and by making 4-of-8 threes from deep.

Even though they were able to drop the deficit to as few as one possession at times in the fourth quarter, the Wizards just weren’t able to tie or lead the game at any time. Ultimately, the Cavaliers were able to make a basket to prevent it from happening. Tristan Thompson led Cleveland with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

The Wizards will begin a three-game road trip starting next Wednesday, Nov. 13 when they face off against the Boston Celtics. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET.