Washington's volatile season continues.
The Wizards suffered a third loss in a row tonight (between Monday and Tuesday), 114:91 to Cleveland at home, and dropped to tenth place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 29 losses compared to 24 wins.
After two frustrating and painful losses in both of which they lost big advantages, this time the Wizards were out of business almost from the first moment.
Washington entered the game without the injured Kyle Kuzma, paving the way for Danny Abadia to return to the starting five for the first time since January 11.
Bradley Beal also didn't pass a fitness test before the start, and Avdia could leverage that for another dominant offensive game, after crossing the 20-point mark twice in the three games that preceded it.
It only partially worked: Avdia did finish with 12 points and continued his offensive improvement trend as he reached double figures for the ninth time in the last 11 games, but he wasn't very efficient with 3-of-10 from the field and 1-of-4 from three.
He scored 5 of 5 from the free throw and also contributed 4 rebounds, 3 assists, two steals and also 3 turnovers in the 30 minutes he received in total.
Avdia's third rebound, by the way, brought him to 1,000 rebounds in his NBA career.
points for preservation and improvement.
Avdia was blocked by Jarrett Allen (Photo: Reuters)
But Avdia, like the rest of his teammates, was unable to narrow the steps of the Cleveland players in defense from the first moment.
He was entrusted early in the game to Donovan Mitchell, but the explosive guard scored 7 quick points on 3-for-3 from the field, starting Cleveland's run.
The first quarter ended with a 12-point lead for the Cubs, who continued to dominate and went into the break at plus 20. On a night like this, the already short Cleveland had no tools to get back into the game, and the next two quarters were mostly garbage time.
In the last quarter Avdia did not play at all, with Washington coach Wes Anseld Jr. giving opportunities to players from the edge of the bench.
Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen led a balanced scoring list for Cleveland, which recorded its third consecutive victory and improved its record to 22:34, with 23 points each.
Donovan Mitchell had 21, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, and Evan Mobley added 16. Washington was led by Kristaps Porzingis with 18 points and 7 rebounds, and Will Barton added 15 off the bench.
The second Israeli after Caspi to reach 1,000 rebounds in the NBA.
Avdia in action tonight (Photo: Reuters)
Washington will hope to break the losing streak in its next game, where it will host Charlotte on the night between Wednesday and Thursday.