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After just the fifth loss in the Q the past two years on Sunday night against Charlotte, you knew the Cavaliers were going to come ready to take on one of their top rivals of the LeBron era, the Washington Wizards. They were helped by the timely suspension of point guard Gilbert Arenas for weapons charges and conduct, and the Wizards didn't have a prayer from the moment they stepped on the floor. The Cavaliers won this one easily, scoring a season-high 121 points and getting 50 bench points in the rout.
Lunar landing on the sideline, Karl cut: Jamario Moon missed his first of several anticipated games as he recovers from a nagging left abdominal strain suffered a few weeks ago against the Nets. (Thanks again, Devin Harris.) Moon may miss up to three weeks, so the Cavaliers are going to need someone to step up to be another bench energy guy and defender. Tonight, it was Jawad Williams, but Daniel Gibson and Danny Green are other candidates depending on matchups. Jamario will be missed most in games when the team has a capable scoring shooting guard or small forward, such as Carmelo Anthony and Brandon Roy of Portland on the upcoming five game road trip. In other roster news, the team parted ways with guard Coby Karl today. Karl played in just 3 games worth of mop-up duty, and the Cavaliers hope to save some money and keep their options open in the trade and free agent markets with Karl's vacated spot. The Cavalier roster stands at 14 now, with 12 healthy bodies due to Powe and Moon's status on the injured list.