Cleveland forward Anderson Varejao scored 18 points, pulled down 18 rebounds and recorded six assists, while reserve guard Dion Waiters scored 17. Forward Tristan Thompson had a strong performance with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Point guard Kyrie Irving, who was plagued by foul trouble, finished with 13 points and four assists.
LOS ANGELES forward Nick Young scored a season-high 28 points, while guard Jodie Meeks added 26 points, sinking six 3-pointers. Forward Pau Gasol scored 20 and grabbed 12 rebounds, and forward Wesley Johnson finished with 17 points.
Three free throws by Young pulled the LOS ANGELES within 118-116 with 25.3 seconds left, but after two free throws by Thompson increased the margin to four, the Lakers failed to get a bucket until Gasol scored just before the buzzer.
The Lakers' trio of Meeks (13 points), Johnson (11) and Young (10) combined for 34 of the 40 first-half points and helped LOS ANGELES shoot 76.5 percent (13 of 17) in the second quarter compared to 52.2 percent (12 of 23) for the Cavaliers. The Lakers also converted seven of 17 3-point attempts in the first half, with Meeks going 4-for-6.
The Cavaliers opened the third quarter with a 22-6 run for a 79-69 advantage after a drive by guard C.J. Miles with 6:07 left. The Lakers rallied with an 8-0 spurt to cut the margin to 79-77 after a jump hook by forward Jordan Hill with 4:33 remaining. Cleveland increased its advantage to seven points before settling for an 88-85 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
NOTES: Cavaliers coach Mike Brown on whether he got a fair shake from the Lakers: "That's a question for the Buss family (that owns the team) and for (Lakers GM) Mitch (Kupchak). I appreciate the opportunity that they gave me, I know that much." ... Cleveland G Dion Waiters was the Eastern Conference's highest-scoring reserve at 15.4 points per game entering play Tuesday. ... Lakers G Xavier Henry is expected to miss another week with a right knee bone bruise. He sat out his seventh consecutive game. ... The Lakers' bench entered the game second in the NBA in scoring at 42.6 points per game. ... LOS ANGELES begins a seven-game road trip Wednesday at the Phoenix Suns. ... Cleveland caps its five-game swing with visits to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday and the Denver Nuggets on Friday.