COLUMBUS, Ohio — Cleveland’s forward trio of LeBron James (18), Kevin Love (15) and Tristan Thompson (14) combined for 47 points in the defending champs’ final tune-up game, none of them playing down the stretch as Washington held on for the win, 96-91.
Thompson also grabbed 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers.
Andrew Nicholson scored 19 points and John Wall added 17 for Washington, which got four free throws from Marcus Thornton in the final 19 seconds. Thornton finished with 16 points.
WIZARDS: Columbus native Trey Burke got a custom Columbus Crew MLS jersey before the game. … Bradley Beal was back in the starting lineup, scoring 13 points.
CAVALIERS: Playing at Ohio State was, as one would expect, a big deal for James. “We all know that it’s always been a special place for me,” James said. … Smith shot 1-for-4, finishing with four points.
UP NEXT: Washington (3-3) hosts Toronto on Friday. Cleveland’s preseason is complete, and the Cavaliers (2-4) will host New York on Oct. 25 to open their title defense.