Wizards Dominate Cavaliers in Game Three

Margin of victory sets records for both teams
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2008 12:20 AM CDT
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James wipes his face with his jersey against the Washington Wizards during the first quarter of Game 3 of their first-round playoff series last night in Washington.    (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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(Newser) – DeShawn Stevenson scored 19 points, Caron Butler added 17, and the Washington Wizards took themselves off the ropes by beating Cleveland 108-72, cutting the Cavaliers' lead to 2-1 in the NBA playoffs last night. LeBron James finished with 22 points on 10-for-19 shooting from the field and 2-for-4 from the line. He also had seven rebounds, three assists and four turnovers.

Three days after setting a franchise playoff record with a 30-point win in Game 2, the Cavaliers set another team postseason mark by losing by 36. The margin of victory also set a Wizards franchise playoff record whose previous largest margin of victory in a playoff game came in 1978 when they beat Seattle 117-82 on the way to winning the NBA title.