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NBA: Wizards Beat Cavaliers Despite Star Rookie James' Stellar Effort - 2003-11-20

The Washington Wizards National Basketball Association team has defeated rookie sensation LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers, 106-95. James had his highest point total so far this year, but it was not enough to lead Cleveland to a win.

LeBron James had an impressive whirlwind dunk in the first half and scored 28 points, Wednesday night. However, his heroics seemed to inspire his opponents and Washington followed with a 14-point run.

James also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out eight assists in the loss. He says his team got down and and never recovered.

"You get down early. You got to work so hard just to break even," he said. "You know we got it down to four (points), but we could not get over the hump because we worked so hard to get back."

Gilbert Arenas led the Wizards with 25 points, while Larry Hughes had 22. Forward Etan Thomas had a career night, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Arenas says Thomas was pivotal to the win.

"He's been the catalyst the whole season right now. You know he's doing a great job for us coming off the bench. He could be a starter in this league, but you'd rather have a warrior like that coming off the sideline," he said.

The loss was Cleveland's 28th-straight road loss.