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Cavaliers Vs. Wizards: Andray Blatche Dominates In Washington's 115-107 Win Against Cleveland

Andray Blatche has a monster night for Washington, which defeated the Cavaliers despite John Wall serving a one-game suspension.

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Cavaliers Vs. Wizards: Washington Nips Cleveland Without John Wall

What the Blatche?! Andray Blatche went off on Friday, leading Washington with 36 points as the Wizards dispatched the Cavaliers by a score of 115-107 at the Verizon Center.

Stepping into the starting lineup for the first time since injuring his shoulder against Milwaukee on March 8, Blatche took charge of the offensive, taking 34 percent of the Wizards shots. Most incredibly, he pulled down 16 of his 19 rebounds on the offensive end. The virtuoso performance help the Wizards survived despite the absence of John Wall, who served a one-game suspension for punching Heat center Zydrunas Illgauskas in a loss Wednesday to Miami.

JaVale McGee scored 25 points on a hyper-efficient 11-of-15 shooting, and blocked three shots to boot. Jordan Crawford scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half as the Wizards rallied from a five-point halftime possession.

The Wizards also got it done against the Cavs on the defensive end, especially defending the perimeter where Cleveland managed to shoot a paltry 5-for-22.

Next up is a road game at Charlotte on Sunday.

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Cavaliers Vs. Wizards: Cleveland Leads 57-52 At Half, But Andray Blatche Looks Good In Return To Starting Lineup

Andray Blatche returned to the starting lineup in his second game back since injuring his shoulder, and he looks good. Still, the Cavaliers lead the John Wall-less Wizards by a score of 57-52 at halftime in D.C.

Blatche told me the difference between how he feels now and when he was out is that he can shoot the ball now -- fair enough. And shoot it he has, taking 18 of Washington's 50 shot attempts in the first half. He hit 50 percent of those field goals, and leads all scorers with 22 points at the break.

Blatche also has 11 offensive rebounds (12 total) in the first half. This stat just actually broke my Internet. The Wizards have 17 offensive boards, the Cavs have 19 rebounds total.

JaVale McGee has 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in a supporting role. Jordan Crawford has been relatively quiet with six points, though he's always a threat to explode in the second half.

The Cavaliers have struggled to shoot the ball, missing nine of 11 attempts from three-point land. J.J. Hickson has 16 points to lead Cleveland, while Ramon Session has 12 off the bench.

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Cavaliers Vs. Wizards: Washington Faces Cleveland Without John Wall

The Wizards will try to earn their second win this season against the Cavaliers without John Wall on Friday night. Wall will miss the contest because of a one-game suspension, which he received for punching Zydrunas Ilgaukas during Wednesday night's loss to the Heat.

Of course, if Wall had to miss a game, this isn't a bad one to sit out. Cleveland is the worst team in the NBA. They also provided the the first road win of the season for Washington at a time when they were threatening the NBA record for most consecutive road losses to start a season. So, this should be a manageable game at least.

With Wall out, the Wizards will rely heavily on Jordan Crawford, who has bloomed since arriving in D.C. at the trade deadline from Atlanta. Crawford had a career-high 39 points in Wednesday's loss against the Heat.

For more on the Wizards, check out Bullets Forever. And read about the opposition at SB Nation Cleveland.

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