Host Washington used a torrid-shooting first half to take control, and Jerry Stackhouse made the advantage stand up. Washington's defense was just as effective _ it was the fewest points the Wizards have allowed. The team mark was 69 points. Miami lost its fifth in a row and is off to its worst start (1-7) since 1994-95.
CAVALIERS: Forward Darius Miles was placed on the injured list with tendinitis in his left knee, the same one he had surgery on this summer.
MAVERICKS: Veteran forward Mark Strickland joined the team after the NBA granted a roster exception because of a rash of injuries. Dallas has three players _ Raef LaFrentz (ankle sprain), Tariq Abdul-Wahad (knee soreness) and Nick Van Exel (knee surgery) _ on the injured list and two others _ Popeye Jones (back spasms) and Evan Eschmeyer (knee strain) _ who are unavailable.
WARRIORS Forward Guy Rucker was waived.