Cavaliers Defeat the Wizards 140-101: Game Recap 1/3/24

January 3, 2024

Andy Billman

Post-Game Recap

3 Key Factors Around the Victory

1 РRebounding 

The Cavs controlled the boards tonight with an advantage of 62 to 36 led by Jarrett Allen with 19 boards along with 17 points.

The rebounds allowed Cleveland to take twelve more shots compared to the Wizards. 

2 – Bench

The bench for Cleveland tonight was wonderful, scoring 66 of the final 140 for the Cavs.

3 – Hot from Deep

Cleveland was sizzling from three-point range shooting 47.6% on the night. 

Game Summary

On Wednesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers dominated the Washington Wizards with a final score of 140-101, marking their highest-scoring game of the season. Max Strus led the charge with an impressive 24 points, contributing to the Cavaliers’ victory in the first game of a two-game set.

Cleveland’s Donovan Mitchell made a significant impact with 22 points in just 24 minutes, breaking a two-game losing streak for the team. Caris LeVert added 21 points in 23 minutes, while Jarrett Allen showcased his skills with 17 points, 19 rebounds, and seven assists.

The Cavaliers displayed their dominance with a commanding 62-36 rebounding edge, led by Tristan Thompson with nine rebounds and Georges Niang contributing eight boards and 15 points off the bench. Cleveland shot at an impressive 53.5% accuracy and nailed 20 3-pointers.

The teams are set to face each other again on Friday night in Cleveland, providing an opportunity for the Cavaliers to extend their success. Meanwhile, the Wizards, with a challenging 6-27 record, have not won consecutive games since February 28-March 2, 2003.

Notable performances from Kyle Kuzma, who scored 16 points for Washington, and contributions from Daniel Gafford, Mike Muscala, and Corey Kispert, each adding 12 points, couldn’t prevent the Wizards from succumbing to the Cavaliers’ strong performance.

Despite missing key players Darius Garland and Evan Mobley due to injuries until February, the Cavaliers have maintained a commendable 6-3 record in recent games.

The first half of the game witnessed 14 lead changes in the initial 10 minutes, with neither team establishing a double-digit lead until Donovan Mitchell’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer, propelling Cleveland to a 67-55 advantage at halftime. Max Strus particularly shone in the first half, contributing 21 points and making all five of his 3-point attempts.

Up Next

Home versus Wizards Friday Night.

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