National Basketball Association
Washington 124, Cleveland 112
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, January 23, 2020
Where: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, Ohio
#31 Scott Wall, #28 Mousa Dagher, #33 Sean Corbin
Bradley Beal scored 36 points as the visiting Washington Wizards posted a 124-112 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday.
Beal made 15 of 22 shots, one night after going 16 of 24 during a 38-point performance in the Wizards' 134-129 overtime loss at Miami.
Davis Bertans scored 17 points to avenge a porous performance in Washington's 113-100 loss to Cleveland on Nov. 8. Bertans made just 2 of 10 shots in that contest, including 1 of 8 from 3-point range.
Ish Smith chipped in 17 points for the Wizards, who shot 55.3 percent from the field (47 of 85) and 44.4 percent from 3-point range (16 of 36) to improve to 6-18 on the road this season.
Collin Sexton highlighted his 29-point performance by making 10 of 15 shots from the floor for the Cavaliers, who have lost six in a row and 11 of their last 13 games.
Larry Nance Jr. collected a career-high-tying 22 points along with 12 rebounds while Kevin Love added 21 points for Cleveland.
The Cavaliers cut a 20-point deficit in the third quarter to nine at 101-92 with 9:52 remaining in the fourth, but Smith responded with a pair of jumpers to ignite a 9-3 run over the next three minutes.
The Wizards were not seriously threatened after that.
Washington limped out of the blocks after playing an overtime game in Miami on Wednesday before a three-hour flight to Cleveland meant a late night for the club.
The Wizards were outscored 18-6 lead in the early going before finding their offensive rhythm by scoring 34 of the next 42 points to secure a 40-26 lead. Bertans capped the pronounced stretch with a pair of 3-pointers.
Washington seized a 68-61 lead at halftime after shooting 56.3 percent from the field (27 of 48) and 50.0 percent from 3-point range (10 of 20).
The Wizards extended their advantage to 98-78 in the third quarter, with Isaac Bonga converting a three-point play and 3-pointer before Bertans connected from beyond the arc.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Bradley Beal 36
Collin Sexton 29
Bradley Beal 8
Cedi Osman 5
Troy Brown Jr. 8
Larry Nance Jr. 12
Ish Smith 4
||Free Throws Made
Collin Sexton 7
Ish Smith 2
Kevin Love 2
Isaac Bonga 1
Cedi Osman 1
Team Stats Summary
Cleveland will play their next game at home against Chicago. The Cavaliers have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .242 after a loss.
Washington will play their next game on the road against Atlanta. The Wizards have a W/L % of .133 after a win and .448 after a loss.