Final Score - Cavaliers 100, Lakers 94
Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 42 but it wasn't enough.
Kyrie Irving made a triumphant return to the Cavaliers lineup scoring 28 points and dishing out 11 assists to get the win.
Irving finished with a game-best plus/minus of +12. Bryant finished -7 despite his monster performance.
Anderson Varjeao scored 20 points and Dwight Howard grabbed 20 rebounds. The two big men finished +9 and -10 respectively.
Why the Cleveland Cavaliers Won
1.) Lack of support for Kobe Bryant: Kobe finished with 42 while only two other Lakers were in double figures. There is too much waiting for Bryant to score going on out there for LA. He scored tonight, but he can't score enough by himself to beat even the worst teams in the NBA.
2.) No offensive flow for Lakers: Hopefully, for Lakers fans, Steve Nash can correct this. The Lakers only had 11 assist as a team. For the game, 11 assists. Kyrie Irving finished with 11 assists himself. Nobody was passing, nobody was cutting. Very tough to watch from an execution standpoint.
3.) Kyrie Irving was spectacular: Irving was trading shot-for-shot with Bryant down the stretch. He dominated the Lakers on the perimeter and finished with a monster performance in his return from injury. Chris Duhon, staring opposite Irving, scored only two points in 33 minutes.