The Cleveland Cavaliers crush the Los Angeles Lakers, 120-105, at home. Kevin Love led the way with a season-high 32 points on 11 of 18 from the field, including 10 rebounds, three assists, and was on fire from three-point range as he made seven out of eight attempts from three. This was the best shooting game Love has had all season, and he really got it going this game after struggling with his shot last game against the Pacers.
Kyrie Irving notched a double-double with 28 points on 10 of 14 from the field, including four rebounds, 10 assists, and five threes. LeBron James also reached a double-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists. LeBron did have six turnovers and has been sloppy with the ball over in the past five games. However, LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving combined to score 82 points in this game. Timofey Mozgov played well, too, scoring 10 points, plucking eight rebounds, and blocking four shots.
Tristan Thompson put in 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench, and Iman Shumpert added 12 points, four steals, and had two blocks. The Cavs were on fire this game, as they shot 54.9 percent from the field and were 54.5 percent on 18 of 33 from three-point range. They moved the ball and executed well, accumulating 31 assists as a team in the game. The Cavs held the Lakers to only 41 percent from the field but allowed 105 points, as the Lakers took 100 shot attempts, which has rarely been done by a team in one game. The Lakers did have 19 offensive rebounds which gave them more shot attempts.
The Cavaliers bounced back with a win after losing to the Pacers on the road last game which ended their 12-game win streak. The Cavs play two more games before the All-Star break begins, playing against the Miami Heat at home and then the Chicago Bulls on the road. The game against Chicago will be a big game, as both teams have nearly identical records.
For the Lakers, Jordan Clarkson led the way with a new career-high 20 points, to go with six rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Off the bench, Ed Davis put up 16 points on 6 of 7 from the field and grabbed nine rebounds. Wesley Johnson added 15 points off the pine as well. The Lakers played poorly this game and had no answer against the Cavs.
After the loss, Lakers coach Byron Scott said, "I'm happy it's over, I thought our guys were soft. We allowed them to do whatever they wanted. You can't play that way."
The Lakers allowed the Cavs to shoot 54.9 percent from the field in this game and 54.5 percent from three, which is porous defense. The Lakers are in a rebuilding mode at this point, especially now that Kobe Bryant is out for the season with a rotator cuff injury, and they are currently second to last in the Western Conference with the Minnesota Timberwolves inching closer to them.