With confetti and streamers cascading from the rafters, John Wall walked up to Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving and gave him a hug after playing the first of what should be many highly competitive games between the past two No. 1 overall picks.

Wall and Irving had never gone one-on-one before and the Washington Wizards' 101-98 victory on Saturday at Verizon Center will be remembered for the cat-quick point guards providing several dazzling plays — and some critical missed free throws in the closing seconds. Wall won the individual duel, outscoring Irving, 24-20, but more importantly, he helped the Wizards (8-28) snap a six-game losing streak.

"Both of those guys are super talented," Roger Mason Jr. said after scoring 11 points. "They're the future of this league at the point guard position so they're going to be battling. You're going to see that battle for a long time."