Wall, Beal lead Wizards past Cavaliers 96-83 - NBC Sports

Wall, Beal lead Wizards past Cavaliers 96-83
Washington Wizards' John Wall (2) shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
February 23, 2014, 8:34 pm

CLEVELAND (AP) John Wall scored 21 points, Bradley Beal had 17 and the Washington Wizards beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 on Sunday night.

The Wizards held the Cavaliers to 11 fourth-quarter points to return to .500 at 28-28 on the season. They also strengthened their hold on the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

The strong defensive performance in the final period came after Washington lost Nene to a sprained left knee midway through the third quarter. Nene had eight points, four rebounds and four assists in 21 minutes.

Luol Deng led Cleveland with 17 points and the Cavaliers lost for the second straight time after winning six in a row.

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