Cavaliers 120, Lakers 118

Views 11
0

LOS ANGELES -- Forward Luol Deng scored 27 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers handed the Los Angeles Lakers a fifth consecutive defeat with a 120-118 decision Tuesday night at Staples Center.

It was the first game for Cleveland coach Mike Brown against the Lakers since the club fired him five games into last season and replaced him with Mike D'Antoni.

Deng scored 16 of his points in the second half as the Cavaliers (14-24) won for the third time in four outings. The Lakers (14-24) suffered their 11th loss in 12 games.

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.

A 14-2 surge in the fourth quarter gave the Cavaliers a 110-102 lead after a layup by Waiters with 4:34 remaining. Cleveland never trailed again.

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 wiped out a five-point deficit after the first quarter and outscored Cleveland 40-29 in the second for a 63-57 halftime lead.

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.

Tags: 

You may also like

HEADLINES & RUMORS

Wire news

Suns waive G Christmas 24 Jul 2014 at 4:56pm
Magic sign G Marble 24 Jul 2014 at 12:41pm
Allen could join LeBron in Cleveland 24 Jul 2014 at 12:00pm
Timberwolves re-sign F Hummel 23 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm
Hornets sign G Roberts 23 Jul 2014 at 2:00pm
G-F Rush returns to Warriors 22 Jul 2014 at 2:58pm
Hornets sign F Williams 21 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm
Bulls sign draft pick Bairstow 21 Jul 2014 at 12:43pm
Suns sign Tolliver to deal 21 Jul 2014 at 10:43am
Lawson commits to Memphis 20 Jul 2014 at 2:35pm
Heat sign Napier 20 Jul 2014 at 12:40pm
Report: Bynum may sit out next season 20 Jul 2014 at 12:40pm
Spoelstra: Only love for LeBron 20 Jul 2014 at 12:40pm