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Wizards Late Woes Allow Cavs to Escape 114-105

Not even a 14-0 Run by the Wizards Could Stop the Cavs from Taking Another W from the Wizards, Their Third in the Past Month

Story By: Sol Tucker

Photos By: Sol Tucker

Washington, D.C–

While the Wizards have opted to try a few new tweaks to the line-up the past few games that have included Jordan Poole coming off the bench, not even his 31-point performance tonight could save the Wizards from another loss to a surging Cavs team.

We have found the Wizards to stay in a lot of these close games, but when the 4th quarter rolls around, their magic seems to disappear… poof… game over. Tonight, was a very similar situation, right there at the end, but their 11th in row to the Cavs, 114-105.

Kyle Kuzma added 27 for the Wizards, who extended their season-worst losing streak to 11 games and fell to 2-12 under interim coach Brian Keefe.

This was the one game where it looked like Jordan Poole could have made a difference this season if we saw this on a nightly basis. After the half he dropped 11 points and hit three 3-pointers all of which occurred during a 14-0 run that gave the Wizards a 94-88 lead. However, just as they have done in all of the previous games late, the Cavs responded with their decisive game winning run.

Darrius Garland made two three pointers knotting the game at 94 with 7:47 remaining, plenty of time to keep this a winnable game for the Wizards right?  Well, that was until Donovan Mitchell hit a 3 from LeVert’s feed to put Cleveland in front for good, and by the time Mobley hit a putback and Garland followed with a layup, Cleveland had built a 110-98 advantage.

One thing we have to remember is that the Wizards were absolutely destroyed by the Cavs back on January 3rd, 140-101 and just two nights ago, they lost by 41 points to the red-hot Oklahoma City Thunder on the road. Do we just say pack it in at this point? Can the Wizards actually win their 10th game in the next two weeks?

Next up Golden State on Tuesday night at home.

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