WASHINGTON — There wasn’t a lot of Love or a lot to love for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday in a 119-106 loss to the Washington Wizards.
In his first game back after left foot surgery forced him to miss 50 games, Kevin Love started and played the first six minutes, scoring four points. He did not return to the game.
Cavs coach Larry Drew said Love would not play in tonight’s game at Indiana.
The rest of the game was pretty much all Washington, except for a couple of Cavs rallies, one which pulled them within three in the second half.
But a poor start put the Cavs behind big early.
“We turned the basketball over five times in that first quarter, which you just cannot do on the road,” Drew said. “They built the lead, a lead just too big for us to overcome.”
Bobby Portis was a huge reason for that.
When the Wizards found out All-Star point guard John Wall was going to need surgery for a ruptured left Achilles tendon, just a month after surgery to repair bone spurs in his left heel, they decided to regroup.
Wall’s surgery will cost him at least the majority of next season, so after learning the news just ahead of the NBA’s trading deadline, the Wizards quickly traded Otto Porter Jr. and Markieff Morris in separate deals.
One of the players Washington acquired from the Bulls for Porter was Portis, who had a spectacular debut. Portis scored 30 points, including 16 in the first quarter when he hit all six of his field-goal attempts.
“When I first got here yesterday, I felt the love right off,” Portis said. “Everybody welcomed me in. All my teammates and my coaches wanted me to be myself.”
The Wizards led 77-57 early in the third quarter, but the Cavaliers got to within 89-86 late in the period. Thanks in part to 10 more points from Portis in the fourth, Washington pulled away.
“Great pickup,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “That’s an understatement.”
Bradley Beal added 25 points and 12 assists. Jabari Parker, who came along with Portis from Chicago, had seven points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.
“I was actually surprised with how well (Portis) was able to mesh quickly on the fly, him and Jabari,” Beal said. “It was almost like free-flowing. That’s how we play anyway.”
Cleveland, which has lost 21 of 24, was led by Collin Sexton with 27 points. Jordan Clarkson scored 24, and Larry Nance Jr. had 10 points and a career-high 19 rebounds.
Besides Parker, Wesley Johnson, who came from New Orleans for Morris, had two points in 15 minutes.
Brooks was impressed with Parker, but said he could have done more.
“I’m probably the one that kept him from a triple-double,” Brooks said.
Marquese Chriss, who was picked up by the Cavaliers in a three-team trade, had 13 points in 23 minutes.
“I thought he did a good job for the first time, not really knowing what we’re doing as far as our plays and defensive schemes,” Drew said. “We threw him into the fire and I thought he responded well.”
Wall, who will undergo surgery Tuesday, attended the game and spoke in a television interview alongside owner Ted Leonsis. He said he was in “great” spirits and plans to spend time with his newborn son and his mother, who has cancer, during his rehabilitation.
CAVALIERS: Forward/center Tristan Thompson, who is out with left foot soreness, missed his 10th straight game.
** Forward Cedi Osman, who has a sprained right ankle, missed his second straight game.
** Guard Brandon Knight, acquired in a trade Thursday, did not play.
WIZARDS: Forward Troy Brown missed his third game with a sprained left ankle. Brooks said Brown was “probably another week or so” from returning.
Wizards 119, Cavaliers 106
CLEVELAND (106): Adel 2-8 0-0 5, Nance Jr. 3-15 3-4 10, Love 1-5 2-2 4, Sexton 10-18 4-4 27, Nwaba 6-11 3-4 17, Frye 0-0 0-0 0, Chriss 5-10 0-0 13, Zizic 3-4 0-0 6, Dellavedova 0-7 0-0 0, Clarkson 6-18 10-11 24. Totals 36-96 22-25 106.
WASHINGTON (119): Ariza 5-14 2-3 14, Green 4-7 5-5 15, Bryant 6-9 1-1 13, Satoransky 4-10 0-0 9, Beal 9-20 5-5 25, Johnson 1-3 0-0 2, Parker 3-6 0-0 7, Portis 12-18 2-2 30, Randle 1-4 0-0 2, Jenkins 0-0 0-0 0, McRae 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 46-92 15-16 119.
Cleveland 27 25 34 20 — 106
Washington 41 25 26 27 — 119
3-Point Goals—Cleveland 12-38 (Chriss 3-5, Sexton 3-7, Nwaba 2-3, Clarkson 2-7, Nance Jr. 1-4, Adel 1-5, Love 0-3, Dellavedova 0-4), Washington 12-35 (Portis 4-6, Green 2-5, Beal 2-6, Ariza 2-9, Parker 1-3, Satoransky 1-3, Randle 0-1, Johnson 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Cleveland 52 (Nance Jr. 19), Washington 48 (Parker 11). Assists—Cleveland 21 (Nance Jr. 6), Washington 35 (Beal 13). Total Fouls—Cleveland 16, Washington 19. A—16,682 (20,356).