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  • Jan
    20

    Los Angeles Lakers Top Cleveland Cavaliers 105-88

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    The battle of the NBA’s 2 top teams lived up to the hype for the first 24 minutes of the game. But then the Lakers defense stepped up in the 2nd half to the delight of the home crowd at the Staples Center and the Lakers cruised to a 105-88 victory. After trailing by 1 point at halftime, the Lakers outscored the Cavs 26-16 in the 3rd quarter and 30-22 in the 4th quarter to win by 17 points.

    Kobe Bryant – 20 points, 12 assists and 6 rebounds – and Pau Gasol – 22 points and 12 rebounds – each had double-doubles to pace the Lakers. Andrew Bynum also had a solid night with 14 points and 6 rebounds, while Lamar Odom chipped in 8 points and 10 rebounds in a reserve role off the bench.

    Lebron James led the way for the Cavs with 23 points, 4 assists and 9 rebounds, but he also had 6 turnovers. Mo Williams had 16 points, 5 assists and 6 rebounds, but committed 5 turnovers. Center Anderson Varejao put forth a solid effort once again – 10 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Cavs bench did not put forth a good enough effort to keep the Cavs in the game on the road.

    The Lakers moved to 32-8 and still have the best record in the Western Conference. The Orlando Magic actually moved ahead of both the Lakers and Cavs for the best record in the NBA at 33-8. The Cavs trail the Magic by 1 game in the Eastern Conference with a 31-8 record.

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