Dion Waiters scored 20 points for the Cleveland Cavaliers in a comeback 95-90 win over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The Cavs were outscored 33-20 in the first period but fought back to pull ahead by two points at the half. Come the third period they outscored Washington by 10 points, providing enough cushion to win the contest. With the win the Cavaliers improve to 22-42 on the season while the Wizards fall to 20-42.
In addition to Waiters’ 20 points, Alonzo Gee stepped up for 17 points while Tristan Thompson added 13 points and 14 rebounds. Shaun Livingston, playing for the injured Kyrie Irving, added 12 points. Wayne Ellington led the Cleveland bench with 12 points in their winning effort.
Washington was led by a strong performance from John Wall who exploded for 27 points and 14 assists. Emeka Okafor added 18 points and 11 rebounds, Martell Webster added another 17 points, and Nene had a strong game with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Coach Byron Scott was happy with the win but not with the overall performance when he stated in the post-game press conference:
“Defensively we played much better. Offensively, we did some good things moving the ball but we got stagnant towards the end. Overall I am happy with the win, obviously, but still some big mistakes down at the end. (Singleton) got the three-point play at the end. Dion didn’t switch when he should’ve…It wasn’t a clear game, obviously, from the first to the fourth quarter, but the bottom line is we got the W.”
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