The Los Angeles Lakers played against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Staples Center last night. This game was quite close in the first half. However, in the second half, the Lakers scored 81 points and secured the victory.
The Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers came into the game on an 8-game winning streak, missing one of their star players. Anthony Davis sat out during the game due to an injury he endured after falling on the court during the team’s game against the Knicks. LeBron James was the leading scorer for the Lakers with a game-high 31 points and 8 assists. He shot an efficient 75%, making 12 of his 16 shots.
He’s gonna do whatever it takes to win.Frank Vogel, Head Coach of Lakers, on LeBron James.
The Lakers dominated the Cavs in the paint, outscoring them in the area 68-50. They also outscored the Cavs 22-13 on the fastbreak. The starters for the Lakers shot terribly from the 3-point line, at just 23.8%. However, it was the bench that stepped up for the Lakers, shooting 47.1% from 3. The Lakers were down by 1 going into halftime. However, they caught fire in the second half, scoring 81 points and making 29 of their 45 attempts. The Lakers now have nine straight wins.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers were coming off a game in which they had surprised the Denver Nuggets, defeating them 111-103. They came into the Staples Center with a 12-27 record, one of the worst in the Eastern Conference. Kevin Love put up 21 points and 11 rebounds for the team. He made 7 of his 17 shots, shooting 41.2% from the field. The Cavs jumped out to an early lead, going as high as 14 in the 2nd quarter. They came into halftime with a 1-point lead.
However, they lost the lead in the third quarter and were unable to catch up with the Lakers. The starters played a combined total of 166 minutes compared to just 74 minutes from the bench. This showed a lack of depth on the team. The Cavaliers also performed 20 turnovers compared to the Lakers’ 9.
What’s next for both teams
The Lakers will be facing the Orlando Magic next, hoping to extend their win streak in what has been a marvelous season so far. The last time they faced the Magic, the Lakers won 96-87. As for the Cavaliers, they are going up against the Los Angeles Clippers next, another title contender. The Cavaliers are a rebuilding team with a developing young backcourt of Collin Sexton and Darius Garland. They do have veteran Kevin Love, who will most likely be moved before the trade deadline.
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