Box Score: Lakers 94, Cavaliers 100

What a night for Cleveland sports.

First, Kyrie Irving came back for the Cavaliers.

Then, while the game was going on, the Indians made what appears to be a stellar trade.

And then, just for good measure, the Cavaliers beat the Lakers.

It was evident from the beginning just how much Irving was missed. Kyrie wasted no time in making his impact felt and the Cavaliers opened up a huge 54-39 lead at the half. The Lakers would fight and claw their way back into this game, and they set up an awesome 4th quarter showdown between Kyrie Irving and Kobe Bryant. In the end, the Cavaliers made just enough plays down the stretch to hang on and get the win.

Anderson Varejao fell 1 rebound short of yet another double-double but finished with 20 points. CJ Miles, starting for the still injured Dion Waiters, had by far the best game of his career with 28 points. And Kyrie tied Miles for the team high with 28 of his own to go with his 11 assists and 6 rebounds.

Kobe Bryant was incredible as always with 42 points, but it really did feel like Kobe was playing by himself against the Cavaliers. Credit to Tristan Thompson for some good defense on Dwight Howard, and Tyler Zeller was especially impressive on defense in this game as the Cavaliers were content to force Kobe to do everything himself.

Huge win for the Cavaliers and a huge morale boost to do it with Kyrie Irving back in the lineup.




LA Lakers

K. BryantG40:4316-283-97-10-71525110142
C. DuhonG33:021-20-10-0-2032210012
D. HowardC41:063-90-013-22-1062034001519
M. World PeaceF35:375-122-61-4-93903112313
J. HillF25:331-60-00-0-95101211152
Percentages.413.259.625Team Rebounds: 9
A. Jamison29:213-101-62-2+7010020049
J. Meeks21:172-61-42-2-5040010027
D. Morris6:520-10-00-0-2011100010
D. Ebanks6:290-10-10-0+7012100000
E. ClarkDNP – Coach’s Decision
P. GasolDNP – Coach’s Decision
R. SacreDNP – Coach’s Decision


K. IrvingG38:1411-214-62-3+1226114101328
C.J. MilesG37:1110-185-103-4+70501110528
A. VarejaoC34:518-130-14-7+92951311420
A. GeeF39:596-142-53-4+51533110417
T. ThompsonF33:360-30-01-4+12100100141
Percentages.440.407.577Team Rebounds: 11
T. Zeller27:082-60-02-2+2163020036
O. Casspi11:500-30-10-20011000020
J. Pargo9:460-30-20-0-6011201010
D. Gibson7:000-30-20-00000000000
S. Samuels0:250-00-00-00000000000
K. JonesDNP – Coach’s Decision
D. SloanDNP – Coach’s Decision
L. WaltonDNP – Coach’s Decision
  • Kildawg

    Good overall W for the Cavs, with our backcourt outscoring LA’s (well, Bryant), Gee outdid Artest, All-Star Andy matched Howard, but the only bench player to really contribute (score) was Zeller (his points became margin of victory).

  • thenoclist

    Fantastic game and awesome atmosphere at the Q tonight. Kyrie makes such a difference. He is my hero and the wind beneath my wings.

  • Thomas Pestak

    AWESOME WIN. This was by far the best game of CJ Miles Cavalier career. The best game of his Career-Career is this one:

  • mgbode

    Dwight 3/9
    Andy 8/13

  • Andrew Schnitkey

    It was hilarious. Oh, Dwight’s in good position to score? Ok, lets just foul him. Over and over and over and over again. You wonder what the Cavs history, present, and future would be like had Dwight shot FTs like this in the ECF in 2009.

  • Andrew Schnitkey

    Yeah, Gibson is obviously still injured. His shot just doesn’t even look good. I was hoping Pargo would still be able to be aggressive and score some points off the bench, but he mostly seemed to revert to the player he was before he filled in as the starter for Kyrie. I know it’s a big adjustment, but he needs to find a way to have the same mentality off the bench as he has as a starter.

  • mgbode

    that is right behind Delonte securing that loose rebound and Rashard’s PED news coming out the day after the Magic clinched the Finals berth.

  • BenRM

    I had faith in TT coming into this season…it is dwindling. He’s a contributor for sure, but probably doesn’t start on a number of teams at this point.

  • Andrew Schnitkey

    Sigh…..yep. What might have been. I honestly believe the Cavaliers would have given the Lakers a better challenge than Orlando did.

  • mgbode

    no doubt in my mind. especially Orlando w/ a reeling Rashard

  • mgbode

    if he doesn’t start improving soon, then he’s just biding time until he is not a starter for us

  • BenRM

    True dat =