Paul Pierce, Wizards knock LeBron James' Cavs below .500

Last night in D.C. the Wizards handed the Cavaliers their third straight loss, 91-78.  Kevin Love scored just eight points in 31 minutes, while going 3-for-8 from the field.  Paul Pierce shot 4-for-7 for nine points, with five rebounds, two assists and a block in 30 minutes of action.

James finished with 22 points in 39 minutes.  In head-to-head matchups all time (including playoffs), Pierce now leads LeBron 33-32.

At 5-6, Cleveland is currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. And if the Celtics hadn't blown that 19-point fourth-quarter lead to them a week ago, the Cavs would be 4-7, one game behind Boston.  The Wiz, on the other hand, are 8-3 and have the second-best record in the East.

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