Wizards’ comeback falls short, team falls to Cavs on the road

Cleveland Cavaliers' Jordan Clarkson (8) drives against the Washington Wizards in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jordan Clarkson (8) drives against the Washington Wizards in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (AP/Tony Dejak)
Washington Wizards' Thomas Bryant (13) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers' Alec Burks (10) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Washington Wizards’ Thomas Bryant (13) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Alec Burks (10) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (AP/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Cavaliers' Cedi Osman (16), from Turkey, drives past Washington Wizards' Trevor Ariza (1) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Cavaliers’ Cedi Osman (16), from Turkey, drives past Washington Wizards’ Trevor Ariza (1) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (AP/Tony Dejak)
The Washington Wizards bench watches late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
The Washington Wizards bench watches late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (AP/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Cavaliers coach Larry Drew yells instructions to players during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 116-113. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Cavaliers coach Larry Drew yells instructions to players during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 116-113. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (AP/Tony Dejak)
Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks watches late in the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 116-113. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks watches late in the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 116-113. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (AP/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Cavaliers' Ante Zizic (41) is defended by Washington Wizards' Jeff Green (32) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Cavaliers’ Ante Zizic (41) is defended by Washington Wizards’ Jeff Green (32) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (AP/Tony Dejak)
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Cleveland Cavaliers' Jordan Clarkson (8) drives against the Washington Wizards in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Washington Wizards' Thomas Bryant (13) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers' Alec Burks (10) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Cavaliers' Cedi Osman (16), from Turkey, drives past Washington Wizards' Trevor Ariza (1) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
The Washington Wizards bench watches late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Cavaliers coach Larry Drew yells instructions to players during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 116-113. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks watches late in the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 116-113. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Cavaliers' Ante Zizic (41) is defended by Washington Wizards' Jeff Green (32) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

WASHINGTON — Despite a spirited comeback, the Wizards (21-29) fell to the Cavaliers (11-41) 116-113 at Quicken Loans Arena.

Albeit a disappointing outcome in Cleveland, Scott Brooks’ bench came alive late in the Tuesday night matchup, competing until the final buzzer.

Wizards’ reserves Jordan McRae (15 pts), and Gary Payton II (11 pts) brought the squad back from a 25-point deficit to within 3 points of the Cavs with 18.5 seconds to play in regulation.

Defending what could’ve been a five-second violation on the inbound, the Wizards were forced to foul Cavs forward Cedi Osman. Luckily for Brooks, the swingman missed both opportunities to put the game out of reach at the charity stripe.

Rookie guard Troy Brown (6 pts) turned the ball over on the game-tying out-of-bounds play and the Cavaliers dribbled out the rest of the clock, acquiring their second victory against Washington on the season.

Bradley Beal lead the Wizards with 31 points on 10-20 shooting. On the opposing sideline, the Cavaliers got 28 and 26 from Jordan Clarkson and Cedi Osman, respectively, leading them to victory.

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What’s next: The Wizards host Indiana (32-17) tomorrow night at Capital One Arena, hoping to get the season back on track.

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