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Sexton helps Cavaliers rally for 113-108 win over Wizards

WASHINGTON (AP) In his first game in charge of the Cleveland Cavaliers, interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff wanted to see “grit and fight” from his team. Those traits showed up in the fourth quarter.

Collin Sexton scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied to beat the Washington Wizards 113-108 on Friday night.

“The physicality they played with," Bickerstaff said. "The toughness, guys diving on the floor, the multiple effort plays at the rim to finish the game down the stretch. That’s who we want to be and the reputation we’re trying to build.”

Cedi Osman added 16 points and Darius Garland had 15 to help the Cavaliers win back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 9-11. After those wins, they lost 13 of 15 heading into the All-Star break, resulting in first-year head coach John Beilein's resignation.

Andre Drummond added 12 points and 12 rebounds, Tristan Thompson had 10 points and 11 rebounds and the Cavaliers took control in the fourth quarter after not leading at all during the first three.

That duo also each blocked two shots, part of a defensive effort that held the Wizards to 21 points in the final period after scoring 41 in the first. That helped Cleveland overcome 22 turnovers.

“The guys, what we keep talking about, their willingness to compete on the defensive end of the floor,” Bickerstaff said. “We had an opportunity.”

Bradley Beal had 26 points for Washington on 9-for-28 shooting. He was 1 of 10 from 3-point range on a night the Wizards shot 24% (9 of 37) from long range and 39% (41 or 106) overall.

Rui Hachimura added 17 points as the Washington returned from the break with a loss after entering winning five of their last seven.

“Down the stretch, they made some shots and we missed some shots,” said Ish Smith, who had only five points on 2-of-12 shooting for Washington. “And sometimes it’s that simple.”

Trailing nearly the entire game and by as many as 16 early, the Cavs turned it around with a 20-4 run during the fourth quarter. They pulled into their first tie on Thompson’s alley-oop dunk.

After Beal hit two foul shots, Garland’s 3-pointer from the left elbow gave Cleveland its first lead with 6:29 left. Sexton hit another 3 from the top of the arc to complete the run, making it 107-99 with 4:07 left.

“It was tough at first,” Sexton said. “Just coming off the break I needed my legs so I had to change up a little bit my shots and stuff. I just took what the defense gave me. I didn’t try to force anything.”

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Kevin Porter Jr. was ejected in the third quarter after receiving consecutive technical fouls while protesting a charging call. … Porter’s ejection ended his career-best streak of double-digit scoring at seven games. ... Drummond received his ninth technical foul and first since joining the Cavaliers in a trade from Detroit earlier this month with 2:42 remaining in the first half.

Wizards: With his first steal, Beal reached 600 for his career. He remains seventh in franchise history. Wes Unseld is sixth with 628. … C Thomas Bryant played his first minutes since Feb. 3 after missing four games (sore right foot). … C Ian Mahinmi also played despite entering the game listed as questionable.

TRISTAN'S EFFORT

While coming off the bench for a third straight game, Thompson recorded a second consecutive double-double He also had four assists to go with his two blocks in a 26-minute outing.

“He brought that energy from the start of the game til the end of the game,” Sexton said. “I feel like he’s the one that got us over the hump and pretty much got this win for us tonight.”

Thompson started his first 48 games this season.

COACH-SPEAK

Wizards coach Scott Brooks had some pregame advice for Bickerstaff, recalling his own start as Oklahoma City's interim head coach during the 2008-09 season.

“Do the opposite of what I did,” Brooks said. “I took over at 1-12 and at one point we were 3-29. Thank God we had a very patient organization and general manager ... ."

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: At Miami on Saturday night.

Wizards: At Chicago on Sunday night.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:44   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Love, stolen by Ian Mahinmi  
11:41 +2 Isaac Bonga made layup 0-2
11:41   Shooting foul on Cedi Osman  
11:41 +1 Isaac Bonga made free throw 0-3
11:30 +2 Andre Drummond made alley-oop shot, assist by Cedi Osman 2-3
11:10 +2 Rui Hachimura made turnaround jump shot, assist by Ian Mahinmi 2-5
10:54 +3 Kevin Love made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Andre Drummond 5-5
10:30   Ish Smith missed jump shot  
10:27   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
10:25   Bad pass turnover on Andre Drummond, stolen by Bradley Beal  
10:20   Bradley Beal missed turnaround jump shot  
10:12   Offensive rebound by Isaac Bonga  
10:12 +2 Isaac Bonga made dunk 5-7
9:54   Andre Drummond missed layup  
9:50   Offensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
9:50 +2 Andre Drummond made dunk 7-7
9:33 +2 Rui Hachimura made driving layup, assist by Ian Mahinmi 7-9
9:18   Out of bounds turnover on Cedi Osman  
9:03   Ian Mahinmi missed driving layup  
8:57   Offensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
8:57 +2 Rui Hachimura made dunk 7-11
8:51 +2 Darius Garland made driving layup 9-11
8:51   Shooting foul on Ian Mahinmi  
8:51 +1 Darius Garland made free throw 10-11
8:42   Offensive foul on Bradley Beal  
8:42   Turnover on Bradley Beal  
8:28   Kevin Love missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:25   Defensive rebound by Ish Smith  
8:23   Shooting foul on Darius Garland  
8:23 +1 Bradley Beal made 1st of 2 free throws 10-12
8:23 +1 Bradley Beal made 2nd of 2 free throws 10-13
8:15   Offensive foul on Andre Drummond  
8:15   Turnover on Andre Drummond  
8:08   Bradley Beal missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:04   Offensive rebound by Ish Smith  
8:02 +3 Rui Hachimura made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ish Smith 10-16
7:51   Shooting foul on Bradley Beal  
7:51 +1 Collin Sexton made 1st of 2 free throws 11-16
7:51 +1 Collin Sexton made 2nd of 2 free throws 12-16
7:43   Full timeout called  
7:25 +2 Ish Smith made driving layup 12-18
7:08   Collin Sexton missed jump shot  
7:05   Defensive rebound by Ish Smith  
7:01 +3 Bradley Beal made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ish Smith 12-21
6:50 +2 Darius Garland made jump shot 14-21
6:28   Rui Hachimura missed layup  
6:26   Offensive rebound by Ian Mahinmi  
6:25   Rui Hachimura missed jump shot  
6:19   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
6:15   Collin Sexton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:13   Defensive rebound by Ian Mahinmi  
6:13   Out of bounds turnover on Ian Mahinmi  
6:03 +3 Cedi Osman made 3-pt. jump shot 17-21
5:51   Bradley Beal missed jump shot  
5:48   Offensive rebound by Ian Mahinmi  
5:43   Ish Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:39   CLE team rebound  
5:26 +2 Kevin Love made jump shot 19-21
5:08 +3 Ish Smith made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bradley Beal 19-24
5:01   Personal foul on Rui Hachimura  
4:51   Traveling violation turnover on Andre Drummond  
4:39   Bradley Beal missed jump shot  
4:32   Defensive rebound by Cedi Osman  
4:26 +2 Andre Drummond made layup, assist by Cedi Osman 21-24
4:11   Ish Smith missed driving layup  
4:09   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
4:06 +2 Cedi Osman made jump shot, assist by Andre Drummond 23-24
3:51   Bradley Beal missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:48   Defensive rebound by Cedi Osman  
3:41   Kevin Porter missed layup  
3:39   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
3:35 +2 Troy Brown Jr. made layup, assist by Rui Hachimura 23-26
3:19   Kevin Porter missed fade-away jump shot  
3:17   Defensive rebound by Bradley Beal  
3:09   Personal foul on Kevin Porter  
2:57 +2 Thomas Bryant made layup, assist by Jerome Robinson 23-28
2:43 +2 Tristan Thompson made hook shot 25-28
2:36 +2 Troy Brown Jr. made layup, assist by Shabazz Napier 25-30
2:26   Collin Sexton missed layup  
2:22   Defensive rebound by Jerome Robinson  
2:18 +3 Shabazz Napier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jerome Robinson 25-33
2:16   Full timeout called  
2:04   Shooting foul on Jerome Robinson  
2:04   Kevin Porter missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:04   CLE team rebound  
2:04 +1 Kevin Porter made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-33
1:51   Shabazz Napier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:46   Defensive rebound by Kevin Porter  
1:40 +2 Tristan Thompson made dunk, assist by Kevin Porter 28-33
1:25   Jerome Robinson missed driving layup, blocked by Kevin Porter  
1:20   Offensive rebound by Davis Bertans  
1:19 +3 Davis Bertans made 3-pt. jump shot 28-36
1:05 +2 Larry Nance Jr. made jump shot, assist by Collin Sexton 30-36
0:54   Shabazz Napier missed jump shot  
0:54   Defensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
0:44   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Porter, stolen by Shabazz Napier  
0:40 +2 Shabazz Napier made finger-roll layup 30-38
0:33 +2 Collin Sexton made driving layup 32-38
0:27 +3 Shabazz Napier made 3-pt. jump shot 32-41
0:03   Collin Sexton missed driving layup  
0:00   Defensive rebound by Davis Bertans  
0:00   Davis Bertans missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   WAS team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:50   Troy Brown Jr. missed jump shot  
11:46   Defensive rebound by Collin Sexton  
11:39   Collin Sexton missed driving layup, blocked by Thomas Bryant  
11:34   Defensive rebound by Troy Brown Jr.  
11:33 +2 Jerome Robinson made layup, assist by Troy Brown Jr. 32-43
11:16   Collin Sexton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:14   WAS team rebound  
11:02 +3 Davis Bertans made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Troy Brown Jr. 32-46
10:34   Larry Nance Jr. missed jump shot, blocked by Thomas Bryant  
10:30   Defensive rebound by Shabazz Napier  
10:24   Troy Brown Jr. missed layup, blocked by Kevin Porter  
10:20   Offensive rebound by Troy Brown Jr.  
10:19 +2 Troy Brown Jr. made dunk 32-48
10:09   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Porter, stolen by Troy Brown Jr.  
9:53   Jerome Robinson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:48   Offensive rebound by Thomas Bryant  
9:45   Shabazz Napier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:41   Defensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
9:27   Tristan Thompson missed hook shot  
9:22   Offensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
9:22 +2 Larry Nance Jr. made dunk 34-48
9:09 +2 Thomas Bryant made jump shot, assist by Davis Bertans 34-50
8:56   Larry Nance Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:52   Defensive rebound by Jerome Robinson  
8:49   Jerome Robinson missed jump shot  
8:44   Defensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
8:29 +2 Tristan Thompson made driving layup 36-50
8:20   Davis Bertans missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:16   Defensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
8:12   Personal foul on Jerome Robinson  
8:06 +3 Collin Sexton made 3-pt. jump shot 39-50
8:06   Shooting foul on Jerome Robinson  
8:06 +1 Collin Sexton made free throw 40-50
7:44   Bad pass turnover on Isaac Bonga  
7:32   Darius Garland missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:28   Defensive rebound by Davis Bertans  
7:19   Bradley Beal missed floating jump shot  
7:15   Defensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
7:10   Tristan Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:06   Defensive rebound by Davis Bertans  
6:59   Shooting foul on Collin Sexton  
6:58   Full timeout called  
6:59 +1 Davis Bertans made 1st of 3 free throws 40-51
6:59 +1 Davis Bertans made 2nd of 3 free throws 40-52
6:58 +1 Davis Bertans made 3rd of 3 free throws 40-53
6:44   Andre Drummond missed layup  
6:41   Offensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
6:40 +2 Larry Nance Jr. made dunk 42-53
6:30   Bad pass turnover on Bradley Beal, stolen by Andre Drummond  
6:24   Andre Drummond missed layup  
6:19   Offensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
6:18   Andre Drummond missed dunk  
6:15   Defensive rebound by Davis Bertans  
6:13 +2 Bradley Beal made finger-roll layup, assist by Shabazz Napier 42-55
5:48 +2 Larry Nance Jr. made floating jump shot 44-55
5:48   Shooting foul on Shabazz Napier  
5:48 +1 Larry Nance Jr. made free throw 45-55
5:33   Out of bounds turnover on Bradley Beal  
5:17 +2 Andre Drummond made dunk, assist by Kevin Porter 47-55
5:01 +2 Bradley Beal made driving layup 47-57
4:50   Andre Drummond missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:47   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
4:42   Personal foul on Darius Garland  
4:34   Bradley Beal missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:31   Defensive rebound by Cedi Osman  
4:29   Offensive foul on Kevin Porter  
4:29   Turnover on Kevin Porter  
4:20   Personal foul on Kevin Porter  
4:11   Full timeout called  
4:11   Lost ball turnover on Bradley Beal, stolen by Andre Drummond  
4:00   Kevin Love missed jump shot  
3:56   Offensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
3:48   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Love, stolen by Ish Smith  
3:39   Ish Smith missed jump shot  
3:35   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
3:25   Bad pass turnover on Darius Garland, stolen by Bradley Beal  
3:20 +2 Rui Hachimura made layup, assist by Ish Smith 47-59
3:03   Kevin Love missed jump shot  
2:59   Defensive rebound by Ian Mahinmi  
2:52   Shooting foul on Andre Drummond  
2:52   Ian Mahinmi missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:52   WAS team rebound  
2:52 +1 Ian Mahinmi made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-60
2:42   Offensive foul on Andre Drummond  
2:42   Turnover on Andre Drummond  
2:42   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
2:42   Bradley Beal missed free throw  
2:42   WAS team rebound  
2:02 +3 Cedi Osman made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Love 50-62
2:02 +3 Cedi Osman made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Love 50-62
2:02 +3 Cedi Osman made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Love 50-62
1:47   Ish Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:44   Defensive rebound by Cedi Osman  
1:41 +2 Cedi Osman made layup 52-62
1:35   Bradley Beal missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:28   Defensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
1:26   Shooting foul on Rui Hachimura  
1:26   Kevin Love missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:26   CLE team rebound  
1:26 +1 Kevin Love made 2nd of 2 free throws 53-62
1:17   Shooting foul on Collin Sexton  
1:17 +1 Ian Mahinmi made 1st of 2 free throws 53-63
1:17 +1 Ian Mahinmi made 2nd of 2 free throws 53-64
1:06 +3 Cedi Osman made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Darius Garland 56-64
0:49   Bradley Beal missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:48   CLE team rebound  
0:48   Personal foul on Ian Mahinmi  
0:48 +1 Cedi Osman made 1st of 2 free throws 57-64
0:48 +1 Cedi Osman made 2nd of 2 free throws 58-64
0:40 +2 Bradley Beal made driving layup 58-66
0:26 +3 Kevin Love made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Collin Sexton 61-66
0:10   Offensive foul on Ian Mahinmi  
0:10   Turnover on Ian Mahinmi  
0:02   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Love, stolen by Ish Smith  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:47   Bradley Beal missed reverse layup  
11:43   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
11:34   Bad pass turnover on Andre Drummond, stolen by Bradley Beal  
11:25   Ian Mahinmi missed layup  
11:21   Defensive rebound by Darius Garland  
11:19   Collin Sexton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:08   Defensive rebound by Ish Smith  
11:06   Rui Hachimura missed layup  
11:04   Offensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
11:04 +2 Rui Hachimura made dunk 61-68
10:39   Bad pass turnover on Andre Drummond, stolen by Rui Hachimura  
10:31   Rui Hachimura missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:27   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
10:16 +2 Collin Sexton made floating jump shot 63-68
10:16   Shooting foul on Ian Mahinmi  
10:16 +1 Collin Sexton made free throw 64-68
10:05   Personal foul on Collin Sexton  
9:55   Rui Hachimura missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:50   Offensive rebound by Ian Mahinmi  
9:49   Ish Smith missed jump shot  
9:49   WAS team rebound  
9:47   Bradley Beal missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:41   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
9:38