Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Dion Waiters scored 20 points and Tristan Thompson added 13 points and 14 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers squeaked past the Washington Wizards, 95-90, Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Cavs won their first game since Kyrie Irving was ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a sprained left shoulder suffered against the Toronto Raptors Sunday.
Waiters, averaging 14.7 points and 2.4 rebounds this season, drained four key free-throws down the stretch, to secure the 22nd win this season for the Cavs.
Alonzo Gee scored 17 points and Shaun Livingston had 12 points and six dimes for the Cavs, who fended off a 25-19 run from the Wizards in the fourth quarter.
John Wall compiled perhaps his best all-around game this season, tallying 27 points, 14 assists and 7 rebounds in 37 minutes.
The Wizards, who will miss the playoffs yet again, dropped to 20-42.