It ended much like it started for the Washington Wizards.
Trailing by seven points at halftime, the Wizards went on a third-quarter surge so to speak, outscoring the Cleveland Cavaliers, 28-23 during the third quarter.
But over the last 12 minutes, it couldn’t sustain that momentum, falling to the visiting Cavaliers by a score of 98-89 Saturday night at the Verizon Center.
With the loss, the Wizards fall to 14-46 on the season and their modest two-game home winning streak over the Cavs is no more.
Much like during the first half, the Wizards struggled on the defensive end, as Cleveland featured six players, who finished with double-figure scoring totals, including all five starters. The Cavs shot 52 percent from the field.
Watching an effective scoring output from the opposition, John Wall tried to keep the host Wizards in it. The 6-foot-4 guard finished with a game-high 19 points on 50 percent shooting. Jordan Crawford chipped in with 18 points.
Saturday’s loss marks Washington’s seventh in the last nine games.