Josh Howard to return from knee injury

CLEVELAND -- Wizards forward Josh Howard got the start for Washington in its game against Cleveland after being out since Jan. 5 with a sore left knee.

Howard had 16 points and five rebounds as the Wizards picked up their first road win of the season with a 115-100 victory.

Howard has played only eight games this season because of the injury. He's averaging 7.9 points and 3.3 rebounds. Coach Flip Saunders had said he expected Howard to play about 15 minutes but the injury-prone forward instead saw 25 minutes of action.

Rashard Lewis was out for the second straight game due to a sore right knee. He didn't play in Saturday night's 118-94 loss to San Antonio.

Saunders said forward Al Thornton, who missed the the last two games with a dislocated right middle finger, was on the active list for the game against Cleveland but did not make an appearance in the game.

Washington had been 0-25 away from home this year before Sunday's road win over the Cavaliers, who snapped an NBA-record 26-game losing streak by beating the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.