Brian Cook, Bradley Beal lead Wizards over Cavaliers
Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Brian Cook tallied 14 points, including a go-ahead three-pointer with 51.5 seconds left, to carry the Washington Wizards to a 99-95 triumph over the Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday at Quickens Loan Arena.
Rookie guard Bradley Beal, the Wizards’ third overall pick, then sank two foul shots with 5.5 seconds left to seal Washington’s first preseason victory in three games.
The 6-9 Cook, known for his outside shooting during his five-year stint with the Los Angeles Lakers, finished 3-for-6 from behind the arc in 21 minutes of action.
Beal and Jordan Crawford also finished with 14 points apiece while Jan Vesely contributed 13 for Washington.
Tristan Thompson paced the Cavaliers (1-2) with 18 points and 10 rebounds while last year’s top rookie Kyrie Irving contributed nine markers and seven assists.
Cleveland was ahead by 72-71 at the start of the final period but the Wizards tallied back-to-back three-pointers from Trevor Ariza and Shelvin Mack to take the lead.
The Cavaliers tasted the lead for the last time, 93-92, after Tyler Zeller’s tip-in with just over a minute left. However, Cook buried a triple and Beal sank two pressure-packed free-throws to romp away with the win.
The Wizards clinched the win even without star point guard John Wall, who is out until December with a knee injury. The Wizards also missed the inside presence of Emeka Okafor, out of action due to stomach virus.
Washington shot 45 percent from the field compared to the Cavs’ 40-percent clip but both fired identical 33 percent from beyond the arc. The Cavs had a slight edge in rebounding, 44-43, while the Wizards issued more assists, 26-20.