Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 11/3

Game 1: Tuesday, November 3rd
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Cavaliers102
Game 2: Wednesday, November 18th
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Wizards108
Game 3: Wednesday, January 6th
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Cavaliers121

Cavaliers 91

(8-4, 4-2 away)

Wizards 108

(3-7, 2-3 home)

    Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

    7:00 PM ET, November 18, 2009

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    CLE 32 19 21 1991
    WSH 22 22 31 33108

    Top Performers

    Cle: L. James 34 Pts, 2 Reb, 9 Ast, 2 Stl

    WSH: A. Jamison 31 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Jamison gets double-double in season debut; LeBron hurts wrist

    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON -- With LeBron James taking a second-half breather, Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler put the Washington Wizards way ahead.

    Fast Facts

    • The Cavaliers blew a lead of 17 or more for the first time since April 2008 and failed to win three straight against the Wizards for the first time since 1995-96.

    • The Wizards ended a six-game losing streak.

    • Antawn Jamison, who played in his first game this season because of a shoulder injury, led the Wizards with 31 points and 10 rebounds.

    • LeBron James (34 points, nine assists) led the Cavs in scoring for the 11th time in 12 games.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    When James returned to the court, instead of leading a comeback, he became part of the problem in his Cleveland Cavaliers' 108-91 loss to Washington on Wednesday night.

    The reigning NBA MVP threw an errant pass. He shot an airball. He fouled DeShawn Stevenson, his old pseudo-rival from postseasons past. He missed another jumper with Stevenson in his face. He drew a technical for asking for a foul when Stevenson stopped him on a drive.

    Worst of all? James hurt his left wrist by banging it off the basket while dunking.

    "I hit it pretty bad on the rim," said James, who finished with 34 points and nine assists, but also had six turnovers and shot only 3 of 7 in the fourth quarter. "It's like you hit your funny bone, but it's not funny at all."

    His teammates' play on this night was no laughing matter, either. With Shaquille O'Neal and Anderson Varejao out injured, no other member of the Cavaliers scored more than 10 points. No one reached double figures in rebounds or assists.

    "In general, our entire team -- including LeBron -- brought the ball to a standstill," Cavs coach Mike Brown said, "which allows them to do whatever they did defensively."

    Icing his wrist in the locker room after the game, James noted a 35-15 discrepancy in foul shots that favored the hosts, saying: "They definitely got to the free-throw line way more than we did. We feel we attacked at times, and we didn't get the whistle."

    The Cavaliers had been figuring out how to play well short-handed, winning five consecutive games heading into Wednesday. But after racing to a 17-point lead in the second quarter, they allowed the Wizards to come back, led mainly by Jamison, who was making his season debut after hurting his right shoulder in an exhibition game against Cleveland.

    Jamison delivered 31 points and 10 rebounds, and some needed leadership, to help Washington end a six-game losing streak.

    "Whether we miss a couple of shots or make a run, guys run to the huddle with their heads down, and that's something that I knew that I could come in and change," said Jamison, who made 12 of 22 shots. "I've been sitting down for what seems like forever, so I had a lot of energy. I knew it was going to be different."

    Wearing a white protective sleeve over the right shoulder that sidelined him since October, Jamison looked in midseason form from the start, scoring 13 points in the first quarter. And everyone was relieved to see him back: Arenas, Butler, other teammates, coach Flip Saunders.

    Saunders said: "He makes the offense look so much better."

    Brendan Haywood said: "You have to make a decision: Are you going to let him shoot? Are you going to let Gilbert Arenas drive? Are you going to let guys like myself and Caron get dunks? You've got to make your decision, and tonight they decided to let him shoot. And that was the wrong decision."

    Butler said: "He spaces the floor. Obviously, he's a guy who's going to knock down shots."

    Arenas began 3 of 16 -- and finished 6 for 22 -- but wound up with 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds as the Wizards finally got to put all three of their past All-Stars on the court at the same time.

    "It was great having [Jamison] back out there," Arenas said. "This is what we envisioned ... during training camp, when everybody was healthy."

    Game notes


    Arenas signed up for Twitter but says he won't post anything on the social networking site until he has 1 million followers. Could be quite some time: Arenas' feed had fewer than 1,700 followers as of Wednesday. ... James had seven assists in the first quarter. ... The Wizards were without F Fabricio Oberto (left hamstring). ... Cleveland's Jamario Moon played despite spraining his left ankle Tuesday. He had 10 points and five rebounds.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    CLE
    WSH
    Points 91 108
    FGM-FGA 35-78 (.449) 36-84 (.429)
    3PM-3PA 7-22 (.318) 5-23 (.217)
    FTM-FTA 14-15 (.933) 31-35 (.886)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-35 16-49
    Assists 21 21
    Turnovers 16 12
    Steals 8 6
    Blocks 7 4
    Fast Break Points 11 15
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (4/0) 15 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 17 20

    Top Performers

    Cleveland
    Washington
    LeBron James James
    Points: 34
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 31
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0