Cavs Toppled in Tinseltown
Wrap-Up – On Sunday, the Cavaliers drew an edgy Lakers team that had lost six straight and L.A. came out swinging. After falling behind early, the Cavaliers were never really in Sunday night’s game, nor ever really out of it – not until the closing minutes when Byron Scott cleared his bench with the Lakers pulling away for the 113-93 win at the Staples Center.
Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters notched 15 points apiece for Cleveland. Irving was 7-of-15 from the floor; Waiters, 7-of-18. But both combined to hit just two three-pointers as the Wine and Gold shot a collective 19 percent from beyond the arc. By contrast, L.A. shot 58 percent from the floor, including an eye-opening 52 percent from beyond the arc.
Alonzo Gee chipped in with 14 points and Tristan Thompson rounded out the Cavaliers in double-figures with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Kyrie led Cleveland with seven assists to go with three steals and the only blocked shot by a starter.
Turning Point – The turning point came early for the Cavaliers on Sunday as L.A. took a double-digit lead just four minutes into the game. Cleveland trailed by 17 after the first period and cut that lead to single-digits just one time over the course of the next three quarters.
Game Ball – Luke Walton – Luke made his first trip back to L.A. as a Cavalier and played his usual solid game off the bench for Byron Scott – going 2-for-5 from the floor for five points. The Staples Center favorite added five boards, three assists and a steal in 24 minutes on Sunday evening.
By the Numbers – .803 … Cavaliers’ free throw percentage in 2013, including an 11-for-12 night on Sunday in Los Angeles.
Quotable – Coach Byron Scott, on his feelings after Sunday’s loss to the Lakers …
“I’m disappointed. I know we’re a better basketball team then what we showed tonight.”
Up Next – The Cavaliers play their only back-to-back set on the five-game roadie – making perhaps their final trip to Sacramento for a Monday night meeting with the Kings. On Wednesday, it’s a meeting with Damian Lillard and the Blazers in the Pacific Northwest before wrapping up the junket on Saturday night in Salt Lake City.