LA Lakers Lose to Cavaliers: The 15 Biggest Upsets of the 2010-11 NBA Season

Matt FaulconerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2011

LA Lakers Lose to Cavaliers: The 15 Biggest Upsets of the 2010-11 NBA Season

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    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers on the court against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 11, 2011 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/o
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    The Lakers aren't the only big name team to lose to the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, but after the latest setback for the Los Angeles Lakers, it is a good time to take a look at the biggest upsets of the NBA season so far.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors have both saved some of their best basketball against elite talent this season.

    With the All-Star festivities over and the second half of the season about to tip-off, lets take the time to review the 15 biggest upsets of the 2010-2011 NBA season.

15. Golden State Warriors Over The Chicago Bulls

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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 11: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors drives to the basket surrounded by Joakim Noah #13, Taj Gibson #22, Derrick Rose #1 and Loul Deng #9 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on November 11, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.
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    The Chicago Bulls went into Golden State on February 5th riding a seven-game winning streak.  That ended as the Warriors upset the Bulls 101-90.

    Monta Ellis lit up Chicago for 33 points, and Rose struggled greatly, going 6-15 and only scoring 14 points.

14. Washington Wizards Over The Boston Celtics

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18:  John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards and the Rookie Team reacts in the second half during the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam at Staples Center on February 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevork Dj
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    The Wizards picked up their 13th win of the season after defeating the Celtics at home by a score of 85-83.

    Rashard Lewis led the way for the Wizards with 18 points and 11 rebounds.  John Wall added 16 points, as well.

    Paul Pierce struggled for the Celtics in the loss, shooting 4-10 and none of the Celtics players were able to top 20 points.

13. Milwaukee Bucks Over The Orlands Magic

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    MILWAUKEE - NOVEMBER 16: Andrew Bogut #6 of the Milwaukee Bucks grabs a rebound against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Bradley Center on November 16, 2010 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Lakers defeated the Bucks 118-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowle
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    Dwight Howard was out for the Orlando Magic with a stomach virus and Andrew Bogut took over as the Bucks blew the game out of the water in the fourth quarter.

    Bogut led the Bucks with 31 points as Marcin Gortat got dominated play after play.  Vince Carter led the Magic in one of his last games for Orlando before being traded to the Phoenix Suns.

12. Toronto Raptors Over The Oklahoma City Thunder

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    TORONTO, CANADA - FEBRUARY 16:  Andrea Bargnani #7 of the Toronto Raptors fires a pass in a game against the Miami Heat on February 16, 2011 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Heat defeated the Raptors 103-95. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty
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    The Toronto Raptors were able to defeat The Oklahoma City Thunder 111-99 behind a big night in Andrea Bargnani's 26 point, 12 rebound performance.

    The Thunder struggled to get anything going without their leading scorer Kevin Durant.  Russell Westbrook couldn't lead the Thunder to victory as he was one of only two players to score more than 10 points in the loss.

11. New Jersey Nets Over The Chicago Bulls

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 14:  Sasha Vujacic #20 of the New Jersey Nets waves to the crowd as he enters the game in his first return since being traded by the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO US
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    This game will be remembered as the game that Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau benched Carlos Boozer for the entire fourth quarter for his lazy defensive effort.

    Chicago was able to outscore the Nets by 10 during the fourth quarter and Derrick Rose missed what would have been a game winning three as time expired, losing 96-94.

    The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Nets, and ended a five-game winning streak for the Bulls when Sasha Vujacic hit the game winning shot with seconds to play.

10. Detroit Pistons Over The Boston Celtics

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    MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 28: Tracy McGrady #1 of of the Detroit Pistons looks on during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on January 28, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading an
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    With Rajon Rondo out for the Boston Celtics, they could not keep up with the Detroit Pistons.  Paul Pierce put up his best one-man-show performance with 33 points, while no other Celtic could top the 12 point plateau.

    Tracy McGrady did his best T-Mac performance of the year, scoring 21 points to lead the Pistons to their 11th win of the season.

9. Detroit Pistons Over The Orlando Magic

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    ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 24:  Tayshaun Prince #22 of the Detroit Pistons attempts a shot over Hedo Turkoglu #15 of the Orlando Magic during the game at Amway Arena on January 24, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees
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    With Dwight Howard still suffering from a stomach virus, the Magic's troubles continued in Detroit as they were destroyed by the Detroit Pistons.

    The Pistons led by 25 entering the fourth quarter and put it on cruise control to top the Magic by a final score of 104-91.  Vince Carter again led the Magic with 25 points, but that wasn't enough to top Tayshaun Prince's 30 points.

8. Toronto Raptors Over The Orlando Magic

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18:  DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors and the Sophomore Team dunks the ball against the Rookie Team during the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam at Staples Center on February 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (
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    The Raptors got their first road win of the year traveling to Orlando to capture a 110-106 victory.  With both teams at full strength early in the season Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan both put on a show with each scoring more than 25 points.

    Dwight Howard led the way for the Magic with 25 points but couldn't block Sonny Weems' three-pointer with five seconds to play to seal the victory for Toronto on Orlando's home court.

7. Philadelphia 76ers Over The Orlando Magic

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    CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 21: Elton Brand #42 of the Philadelphia 76ers looses control of the ball after a block by Kurt Thomas of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on December 21, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and
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    Awaiting the arrival of Hedo Turkoglu, Jason Richardson, and Gilbert Arenas, the Orlando Magic fell 97-89 to the Philadelphia 76ers.

    Lou Williams, Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala led the way for the 76ers, all scoring over 20 points as they defeated the Magic in Orlando.

    Dwight Howard's 26 points and 20 rebounds couldn't save the team from falling on their home court.

6. Indiana Pacers Over The Los Angeles Lakers

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Roy Hibbert #55 of the Indiana Pacers dunks the ball over Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the fourth quarter at Staples Center on November 28, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Pacers defeated the Lakers
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    Coming into the November 28th matchup between the Pacers and the Lakers, the Indiana Pacers had never beaten the Lakers inside the Staples Center.

    That changed as Roy Hibbert had 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead the team to its first victory in Los Angeles.

    Kobe Bryant had 41 points for the Lakers but missed three pointers that would have tied the game in the final seconds of regulation.

5. Philadelphia 76ers Over The San Antonio Spurs

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 03:  Jrue Holiday #11 of the Philadelphia 76ers moves the ball against the New Orleans Hornets at New Orleans Arena on January 3, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downl
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    Everyone expected the San Antonio Spurs to be a playoff team, but not the best team in the NBA at the midpoint.

    However, the 76ers were able to hand the Spurs their ninth loss of the season in excruciating fashion.  The Spurs lost the game 77-71.  The 76ers were able to hold the Spurs to their lowest point total of the season.

    Duncan was the only Spur in double figures, scoring 16 points.

    Jrue Holiday was the catalyst for the 76ers, carrying the team with 27 points on 9-14 shooting.

4. Milwaukee Bucks Over The Los Angeles Lakers

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    MILWAUKEE - NOVEMBER 16: Earl Boykins #11 of the Milwaukee Bucks dribbles around Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers at the Bradley Center on November 16, 2010 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Lakers defeated the Bucks 118-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressl
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    The Lakers were torched by Earl Boykins, who scored 22 points to help the Bucks upset the Lakers, ending a five-game winning streak.

    The Lakers were likely looking ahead to a matchup with the Miami Heat on Christmas Day and forgot about their game against the Bucks, as they were beaten by a score of 98-79.

    Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 21 points, but was eventually ejected in the upset.

3. Cleveland Cavaliers Over The Boston Celtics

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    BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 25:  J.J. Hickson #21 of the of the Cleveland Cavaliers heads for the net as Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics defends on January 25, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and
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    The Cleveland Cavaliers can beat more than just the Los Angeles Lakers.  In the Cavaliers' first game of the season, they were able to knock off the Boston Celtics in what they hoped would be a better season than what it is currently.

    Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with only 18 points as the "Big Three" didn't show up for Boston. 

    J.J. Hickson led the way for Cleveland with 21 points to help open the season with a win for the Cavaliers.

2. Indiana Pacers Over The Miami Heat

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    MIAMI - NOVEMBER 22:  Danny Granger #33 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles around LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat during a game at American Airlines Arena on November 22, 2010 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by
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    Brandon Rush and Danny Granger both scored 20 points as the Indiana Pacers en route to a 93-77  victory inside the American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    LeBron James scored 25 points for the Heat, and Chris Bosh added 21 points.  However, Dwayne Wade had his worst game of the year, as he went 1-13 from the field and only scored three points. 

1. Cleveland Cavaliers Over The Los Angeles Lakers

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    MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 31:  Anthony Parker #18 of the Cleveland Cavaliers brings the ball up the floor during a game against the Miami Heat  at American Airlines Arena on January 31, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agree
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    The Lakers likely had their sights looking ahead again, this time to the All-Star Break, as they were beaten in Cleveland by the Cavaliers.

    Pau Gasol was the only player that really showed up for the Lakers, scoring 30 points and hauling in 20 rebounds.

    Kobe Bryant had one of his worst shooting nights of the season going 8-24 and scoring 17 points.

    Anthony Parker put up a solid performance going 7-13 from the field and scoring 18 points, in what seemed like an attempt to improve his chances of the Chicago Bulls trading for him.

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