James narrowly missed his third straight triple-double, scoring 33 points with 15 rebounds and eight assists.
The Cavaliers had only eight players available, thanks to a huge trade in which they turned over almost half their active roster. Cleveland dealt away six players in a three-team affair and acquired four -- none of whom were active for Friday's game.
After James hit his two free throws, Stevenson tried to win it for Washington but his floater over the outstretched hand of Zydrunas Ilgauskas hopped off the top of the backboard and then hit the rim before bouncing away.
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