Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Antawn Jamison thrived in his season debut, pouring in 31 points and pulling down 10 rebounds, and the Wizards snapped their six-game slide by pulling away for a 108-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
A two-time All-Star, Jamison hadn't played since partially dislocating his right shoulder in an exhibition game against the Cavs back on October 14. He shot 12-of-22 from the field to help the Wizards to their first victory since October 31 against New Jersey.
"It's another added weapon for them to really key on," said Jamison. "I've been sitting down like it seems forever. I've had a lot of injuries. I knew it was going to be different from what we've been doing the last couple of weeks."
Caron Butler added 19 points, while Gilbert Arenas finished with 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds in the victory. Mike Miller also had a good all-around game with 17 points, eight boards and six helpers.
LeBron James tallied 34 points and nine assists, but also committed six of Cleveland's 16 turnovers. James had just six points in the final quarter and hurt his left wrist while dunking late in the game.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 10 and had nine rebounds while starting at center, as Shaquille O'Neal sat out his third straight game due to a strained shoulder. Jamario Moon and Darnell Jackson each had 10 points for the Cavs, who wasted a 17-point second-half lead and had a five-game winning streak broken.
Cleveland forward Anderson Varejao (bruised hip) was also inactive.
"The free throws, the second chance points and the turnovers, they converted," admitted James. "They did a good job of offensive rebounding with us being shorthanded with our bigs. They took advantage of that."
The Wizards carried a 75-72 edge moving to the fourth and used a 16-2 run over the early portion of the quarter to take control. Earl Boykins capped the burst with a three-point play for a commanding 95-78 cushion with 6:19 remaining.
The Wizards were behind 51-44 at the half, but surged over the final 24 minutes thanks to a 56.4 percent performance from the field the rest of the way.
Jamison scored 13 of Washington's 22 points during the opening quarter, but the hosts trailed by 10 going into the second. The Cavs widened their lead to 41-24 with 7 1/2 minutes left until halftime before the Wizards rallied.
Washington gained the lead at 54-53 on a Miller layup with 8:59 left in the third, and it was a see-saw battle for most of the quarter. But late in the period, the Wizards moved ahead by a 75-69 count following a three-play play by Arenas.
The home team has won 10 straight meetings...The Wizards went 5-of-23 from three-point range and held a 49-35 rebounding edge...Cavs guard Mo Williams went 2-of-13 from the field and finished with six points.