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(SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Wizards can't seem to stay above the .500

mark for long and will try to get over the mark Friday versus the Cleveland Cavaliers in the continuation of a five-game homestand.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Wizards can't seem to stay above the .500 The Wizards posted impressive wins over Western powers Oklahoma City and mark for long and will try to get over the mark Friday versus the Cleveland Cavaliers in the continuation of a five-game homestand. Portland, but couldn't pull off the trifecta with Wednesday's 125-118 double- overtime loss to San Antonio.

John Wall led the Wizards with 29 points and Bradley Beal netted 19 in defeat. The Wizards posted impressive wins over Western powers Oklahoma City and Trevor Ariza had 15 points with 10 boards, while Nene added 12 points for the Portland, but couldn't pull off the trifecta with Wednesday's 125-118 double- overtime loss to San Antonio. Wizards, who were outscored 10-3 in the second overtime and shot 43.6 percent for the game and scored 25 points off 20 San Antonio turnovers.

Washington was outscored 34-21 in the third quarter and had won two straight and eight of its previous 12 contests.

John Wall led the Wizards with 29 points and Bradley Beal netted 19 in defeat. "We became undisciplined in the second half," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said.

Trevor Ariza had 15 points with 10 boards, while Nene added 12 points for the The Wizards will close the homestand Sunday versus Sacramento and have a 12-12 mark at the Verizon Center. Wall is averaging 21.9 points per game at home. Wizards, who were outscored 10-3 in the second overtime and shot 43.6 percent for the game and scored 25 points off 20 San Antonio turnovers.

Cleveland is mired in a six-game slide and has lost eight of nine games, including Wednesday's 119-108 setback to the shorthanded Los Angeles Lakers.

Washington was outscored 34-21 in the third quarter and had won two straight and eight of its previous 12 contests. C.J. Miles led the Cavs with 27 points off the bench and rookie Anthony

Bennett provided 14 as a reserve. The Cavs' bench posted a 59-31 advantage "We became undisciplined in the second half," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. versus the Lakers and Cleveland outrebounded the visitors by a 57-40 count, which led to a 32-12 clip in second-chance points.

Cleveland, which registered 27 offensive boards to L.A.'s six, received 15 The Wizards will close the homestand Sunday versus Sacramento and have a 12-12 mark at the Verizon Center. Wall is averaging 21.9 points per game at home. points and 13 rebounds from Anderson Varejao. Tristan Thompson scored 13 points and star guard Kyrie Irving had just 11 in a losing effort.

The Lakers set the tone with a 36-17 advantage after the first quarter and later had a 50-21 lead. Cleveland was able to cut it 114-108 late in the fourth quarter, but it was too late. Cleveland is mired in a six-game slide and has lost eight of nine games, including Wednesday's 119-108 setback to the shorthanded Los Angeles Lakers.

"I think the game got away from us in the first quarter," Cavaliers head coach

Mike Brown remarked. "We came out, couldn't make a shot nor could we get a stop. It made it a tough, uphill climb the rest of the game." C.J. Miles led the Cavs with 27 points off the bench and rookie Anthony

Brown's squad will try to stop a three-game road losing streak and has a lowly 5-20 mark away from Quicken Loans Arena. Bennett provided 14 as a reserve. The Cavs' bench posted a 59-31 advantage

On Friday, the Cavs play their first game since firing general manager Chris Grant on Thursday. versus the Lakers and Cleveland outrebounded the visitors by a 57-40 count, which led to a 32-12 clip in second-chance points.

The Cavaliers and Wizards have split a pair of meetings this season with each team holding serve as the guest. The Cavs have won three in a row in Washington.

Irving is averaging 31.0 ppg in his last four against the Wizards.

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