Los Angeles Lakers Hand Cavs First Loss in Cleveland This Season

Ryan WardCorrespondent IFebruary 8, 2009

The 23 game win streak in Cleveland for the LeBron James and the Cavs is officially over. It was a good run, but the Lakers were just too good even with Kobe Bryant sick as a dog and no Andrew Bynum.

Coming into this game there were a few Lakers trade rumors flying around Lakerland with Lamar Odom at the core of all the trade talk, but after his unbelievable performance in Cleveland those trade rumors may have been silenced.

With 28 points on 13 of 18 shooting and 17 rebounds Lamar Odom was just unstoppable as he picked up the slack for an under the weather Kobe Bryant.

Unfortunately, both Kobe Bryant and LeBron James didn't have memorable performances with Kobe only scoring 19 and LeBron with 16 only hitting 5 of 20 from the floor. King James did have 12 assists and eight rebounds, but he never really got it going offensively.

The two best players on the Cavs in this game were Mo Williams and Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Both these guys came ready to play with Ilgauskas playing great offensively by being the leading scorer on the Cavs with 22 points and Williams keeping the Lakers defense on their heels all game long.

Z surprised me how well can shoot from all over the floor and stretch the defense. Williams on the other hand has proved his worth as a starting point guard in this league and gives the Cavs great second scoring threat to LeBron James.

As for the rest of the Lakers, Pau Gasol played well against Z in the paint scoring 18 points, dishing out six assists and ripping down 12 rebounds, but it was definitely Lamar Odom that stole the show.

With this win the Lakers may have officially become the best team in the NBA. They have the best record in the league at 41-9 and continue to snap winning streaks like both the Boston Celtics 19 and 12 game streaks and now with the Cleveland Cavs 23 game winning streak at the Q.

The season is far from over, but the Lakers have proved time and time again that they can beat anyone this year. As long as they can stay healthy I really don't see any team beating the Lakers in a seven game series come playoff time.

NEXT LAKERS GAME: Oklahoma City Thunder @ Los Angeles Lakers Tues. Feb. 10th 7:30pm PST


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