Lakers cruise past Cavaliers
LAS VEGAS -- The Los Angeles Lakers trailed only once during their 88-82 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on the second day of the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA Sports from the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.
The Lakers led nearly the entire game except for a 17-second span early in the first quarter. Los Angeles slowly extended its lead throughout the game from two points at the end of the first to six at the half. The third quarter witnessed them increase the cushion to as much as nine in the third and then to a game-high 14 in the final frame.
"I thought everyone played hard, we were able to play really physical I thought we did a great job," Lakers Summer League Head Coach Chucky said after today's game. "We need to sharpen up our defense a little bit more and I think we'll be alright."
Los Angeles finished the game shooting .508 percent, as the team had four players reach double digits. Adam Morrison led the way with 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field. David Monds and Alan Anderson chipped in 12 apiece, while Ben McCauley closed out the foursome with 10.
Cleveland, on the other hand, shot .426 percent from the field, which was greatly aided by a .475 percent effort in the second half. After the first 20 minutes of action, the Cavaliers had made more free throws (15) than field goals (10). They closed the game with 29 field goals and 19 free throws made.
The Cavaliers had double-digit outputs by four players. Danny Green led the team in a losing effort with 16 points. Christian Eyenga and Leo Lyons pitched in 14 apiece, while Darnell Jackson had 11.
Cleveland returns to action on Sunday, July 12 at 7:00 pm, against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Cox Pavilion. Los Angeles will open up the Thomas & Mack Center portion of the NBA Summer League presented by EA Sports on Monday, July 13 at 5:30 pm.
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