Los Angeles Lakers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: Live Score, Results, Game Highlights
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.
Final Box Score
Final Score - Cavaliers 100, Lakers 94
Kobe Bryant led Lakers with 42, Kyrie Irving paced Cavs with 28.
Cavaliers 97, Lakers 92 - 0:23 remaining in Fourth Quarter:
Man, things are worse than I thought in Lakerland! The Cavs?— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) December 12, 2012
Cavaliers 95, Lakers 89 - 0:31 remaining in Fourth Quarter:
Kyrie Irving can't turn the ball over in a situation like that. Survived by Bryant missing a three. Expect he'll take another one here.
Cavaliers 94, Lakers 87 - 0:48 remaining in Fourth Quarter:
Anderson Varejao may have just sealed it. Cavaliers fans think so at least. Sounds like a playoff game at Quicken Loans Arena right now.
Cavaliers 91, Lakers 85 - 1:43 remaining in Fourth Quarter:
There doesn't appear to be much enthusiasm from Howard on his rolls to the basket. Almost like he doesn't think he's getting the ball.
Cavaliers 91, Lakers 85 - 3:01 remaining in Fourth Quarter:
Cleveland needs more of this to close out game.
Cavaliers 89, Lakers 85 - 3:12 remaining in Fourth Quarter:
Lakers need to feature Howard in post for rest of the game. Maybe they win or maybe it's a teaching moment for season. He needs to win his new team a game.
Cavaliers 86, Lakers 81 - 4:13 remaining in Fourth Quarter:
Kyrie Irving and Kobe Bryant going back-and-forth down the stretch. Thanks, NBA.
Cavaliers 82, Lakers 78 - 5:58 remaining in Fourth Quarter:
If the Cavaliers opened their season against the Lakers, C.J. Miles might've been in All-Star contention by now.
Cavaliers 77, Lakers 75 - 7:17 remaining in Fourth Quarter:
Lakers getting quality production with Kobe on the bench right now. That's progress, maybe.
Cavaliers 73, Lakers 69 - 9:54 remaining in Fourth Quarter:
This might come down to who has the ball last. Bryant or Irving.
End of Third Quarter - Cavaliers 68, Lakers 62
Just like that it's a two-possesion game. Stay tuned, you guys.
Cavaliers 65, Lakers 58 - 1:21 remaining in Third Quarter:
Alonzo Gee just picked up his fourth personal foul with 3:01 left in the third quarter. Who else can guard Kobe?— Bob Finnan (@BobCavsinsider) December 12, 2012
Cavaliers 65, Lakers 56 - 2:05 remaining in Third Quarter:
Most underrated aspect of Anderson Varejao's game is his passing ability. He drops dimes for a big man. Varejao has five assists so far tonight.
Cavaliers 65, Lakers 55 - 3:22 remaining in Third Quarter:
Keep watching this game wondering how long Kobe can go on like this. Maybe he muscles through the next month of the season, but he can't stay at this pace forever without some help.
Cavaliers 57, Lakers 47 - 5:21 remaining in Third Quarter:
Kyrie Irving's return is going better than the Cavaliers could have expected. He has 16 points, seven assists and four rebounds so far. His team has better of Kobe Bryant's, too.
Cavaliers 57, Lakers 45 - 7:17 remaining in Third Quarter:
Champions for years have been able to pull off the sort of shorthanded road comebacks the Lakers are attempting. This will be telling.— Kelly Dwyer (@KDonhoops) December 12, 2012
Cavaliers 57, Lakers 41 - 8:06 remaining in Third Quarter:
If you're a Lakers fan, you really have to hope that Howard becomes more effective somehow while sharing post touches with Pau Gasol then he is getting all those opportunities to himself.
Cavaliers 56, Lakers 41 - 9:24 remaining in Third Quarter:
Very curious to see how this Lakers offense runs with Steve Nash in the lineup. Right now, it doesn't run at all. There is only so much isolation basketball Bryant can play every night.
Cavaliers 54, Lakers 39 - 11:15 remaining in Third Quarter:
Laker players looked relieved that halftime is over and Kobe can no longer scold them for their subpar performance thus far.
End of Second Quarter - Cavaliers 54, Lakers 39
Kobe Bryant has 16 to lead all scores. Kyrie Irving has 14 to lead Cavs.
Cavaliers 53, Lakers 39 - 0:24 remaining in Second Quarter:
It's a disaster right now for the Lakers. They might need to come out of locker room at half with James Worthy and Kareem.
Cavaliers 51, Lakers 39 - 1:49 remaining in Second Quarter:
Watching Bryant and Irving trade baskets has me hoping they play that one-on-one game they were talking about this summer some day.
Cavaliers 46, Lakers 37 - 3:05 remaining in Second Quarter:
Lakers need more of that two-man game between Bryant and Howard.
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