107 - 115 Final
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Crawford, Blatche pace Wizards over Cavs

Apr 2, 2011 - 3:40 AM Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Rookie Jordan Crawford recorded his first career triple-double and Andray Blatche finished with 36 points and 19 rebounds, leading the Wizards to a 115-107 victory over the Cavaliers.

Washington played without rookie point guard John Wall, who was suspended one game for his altercation with Miami Heat center Zydrunas Ilgauskas on Wednesday.

But Crawford helped fill the void with 21 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Blatche, meanwhile, matched a career high in points and set a career high for rebounds.

"I'm going to make sure we play a team game," Crawford said. "I didn't feel I had to do that much. I just wanted to get the team involved and then pick my spots."

JaVale McGee added 25 points for the Wizards, who won for the second time in three games. Blatche set a franchise record with 16 offensive rebounds.

Ramon Sessions netted 26 points to lead the Cavaliers, who have dropped two in a row since beating Miami on Tuesday. J.J. Hickson had 21 points and 10 boards in the loss.

"Guys like Blatche got so many offensive rebounds because I wasn't being physical," Hickson said. "I'll be the first to say, I think it's the reason we lost tonight, but I guarantee you it won't happen again."

Washington held a 29-26 edge after the first quarter, but Cleveland moved in front in the second, leading by as many as seven.

Alonzo Gee's three-pointer with 25.9 seconds left in the half gave the Cavaliers a 57-50 advantage, but Blatche's put-back in the final seconds made it a five-point game at the break.

The Wizards then gained control by going on a 14-0 run early in the third quarter. Blatche and Crawford closed the burst with consecutive three-point plays, giving Washington a 68-61 advantage.

Cleveland stayed close, and was within 83-82 after scoring the final six points of the frame. But it couldn't pull in front, and the Wizards created distance in the fourth with another extended run.

McGee scored six points during the 11-0 stretch that had Washington up 96-84 with 8:14 remaining.

Crawford hit several big shots down the stretch to keep Cleveland from getting too close. His jumper with 4:20 left made it a 102-96 game, and his three with 2:35 on the clock extended the lead to 107-99. The Wizards led by at least six the rest of the way.

Game Notes

Crawford recorded career highs in rebounds and assists...Washington held a 56-38 rebounding advantage, though made only 19-of-32 free throws...The teams, which occupy the bottom two spots in the Eastern Conference, entered Friday's game with a combined record of 33-115...The Wizards have won two of three against the Cavs this season. They meet again on April 13 to end the year.