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Lakers-Cavs L.A. Continues Their Domination Over East's Best

Matt ReaganCorrespondent IFebruary 8, 2009

What a weekend it has been for the Lakers. After beating Boston 110-109 in overtime, and snapping the Celtics 12-game-win-streak Thursday night, the Lakers rolled into Cleveland where the Cavs havn't lost since last April.

Winners of their last 23 games at Quicken Loans Arena, they finally ran-out of gas against the red-hot Lakers and fell 101-91 on Sunday.

Lamar Odom followed his big game against Boston with an even bigger 28-point, 17-rebound performance.

Sparking the Lakers' third quarter turnaround in which they outscored the Cavs 31-16, was Odom who chipped in 15. Lamar then put the exclamation point on his performance with a devastating put-back dunk off a miss to end the third. 

The Lakers went from being down 10 at the half, to having an 82-77 lead to start the fourth quarter. With Kobe having a sub-par game, (due to being sick and undergoing I.V. treatment), Pau Gasol helped pickup the slack and scored 18 to go along with 12 rebounds.

Cleveland's fans were pumped up and provided a playoff-like atmosphere. Although the game was billed as a showdown between the league's two best players and teams, the Lebron vs. Kobe match up never really lived up to expectations, due to Bryant's sickness, and an overall poor game form James. Lebron went only 5-20 from the field, finishing with 16 points.

The Cavs were led by Zydrunas Igauluskas who scored 22 points.

The Lakers finished their six-game road trip a perfect 6-0 and return to L.A. to face the Oklahoma Thunder on Tuesday night. With this win, the Laker's now hold the league's best record at 41-9, and have clearly answered any questions pertaining to what kind of team they will be minus their 21-year-old budding star center, Andrew Bynum, who is out with a injured knee.

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