Rapid Reaction: Cavaliers 120, Lakers 118
January, 14, 2014
By Dave McMenamin
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers, nine games under .500 coming into Tuesday night, lost by 36 points to the Los Angeles Clippers in their last time out on the court. The Cleveland Cavaliers, 11 games under .500, lost by 44 points in their last game.
Somebody had to win when they played each other, right?
As has been the case far too often this season, that "somebody" was not the purple and gold.
The misery continued for the Lakers after a 120-118 loss to Cleveland.
How it happened: The Cavaliers used a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter to seemingly grab control, but L.A. kept clawing back, with Nick Young getting fouled on a 3-point attempt with 25.3 seconds left and sticking all three free throws to make it a two-point game. After Tristan Thompson missed one of two at the line, Young got a chance to tie it with a pull-up 3 that hit the front of the rim with 9.3 seconds remaining and L.A. didn't have a chance from there.
What it means: That was not the note the Lakers wanted to leave Staples Center on as they embark on their longest trip of the season starting Wednesday in Phoenix. The hole just keeps getting deeper as L.A. has now lost 11 out of its last 12 games.
Hits: Pau Gasol played with a strained tendon in his left foot and put up 20 points on 9-for-13 shooting to go with 12 rebounds.
Young scored a team-high 28 points off the bench along with a season-high six assists.
Jodie Meeks had 26 points and shot 6-for-10 from 3.
Wesley Johnson scored 17 points and Kendall Marshall had 16 assists.
Misses: L.A. allowed six Cavs players to score double digits.
The Lakers cut their turnovers down to 12 but still allowed 20 points to Cleveland off those miscues.
Stat of the game: 13-for-17 (76.5 percent). That's what the Cavs shot on 3-pointers, including Luol Deng going 5-for-5.
Up next: Time for the "Grammy" trip -- seven games in 12 days -- through Phoenix, Boston, Toronto, Chicago, Miami, Orlando and New York.