Wednesday, 4:00pm February 5 at the quicken loans arena
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|W. Johnson||SF||L. Deng|
|R. Kelly||PF||T. Thompson|
|R. Sacre||C||A. Varejao|
|S. Blake||SG||J. Jack|
|S. Nash||PG||K. Irving|
K. Bryant: Knee Out until late February
S. Nash: Back Questionable
S. Blake: Elbow Questionable
X. Henry: Knee Out until early February
J. Farmar: Hamstring Out until early February
P. Gasol: Groin Out until mid-February
J. Hill: Head, Neck Questionable
J. Meeks: Ankle Out until until Feb. 9 aginst Chicago
C. Felix: Knee Out
Depleted Lakers beat Cavaliers 119-108
By Eli Kaberon | February 05, 2014
CLEVELAND (AP) The depleted Los Angeles Lakers had to keep Robert Sacre on the court after he fouled out in the fourth quarter of a 119-108 victory at the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Rookie Ryan Kelly scored a career-high 26 points and Steve Blake had his first career triple-double for Los Angeles, which snapped a seven-game losing streak. The Lakers went 18 for 37 from 3-point range.
But Los Angeles' first win in two weeks was overshadowed by a bizarre ending.
The Lakers had eight available players coming into the game. Then Nick Young twisted his left knee in the first half and Chris Kaman fouled out early in the fourth quarter. When Jordan Farmar left with an injury in the final period, that put Los Angeles at five players.
Sacre committed his sixth foul with 3:32 remaining, but stayed in the game because coach Mike D'Antoni was out of healthy bodies. The Lakers were assessed a technical foul.
Farmar scored 21 points and Wesley Johnson added 20 for the Lakers, who shot 53 percent from the field. Blake had
11 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds.
C.J. Miles led Cleveland with 27 points. All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving was taken out with 7:32 remaining in the third quarter and finished with 11 points as the Cavaliers lost their sixth consecutive game.
The Lakers built a 29-point lead in the second quarter and led 96-68 late in the third period before the Cavaliers rallied. Cleveland cut the lead to 100-90 early in the fourth and got to 114-108 before Blake's 3-pointer with 56.9 seconds left finally sealed the win.
The Lakers were without Steve Nash (rest), Jodie Meeks (sprained ankle) and Jordan Hill (strained neck). Pau Gasol (groin) and Kobe Bryant (knee) remained in Los Angeles for the three-game road trip.
While the Cavaliers were off Tuesday, the Lakers lost in Minnesota and flew through a snowstorm to arrive in Cleveland around 2 a.m. Wednesday.
While Los Angeles had 22 assists on 25 field goals while building a 70-49 halftime lead, Cleveland's offense was stagnant. The Cavaliers shot 37 percent from the field and were 1 of 18 on 3-pointers.
The Cavaliers went 3-2 on a West Coast trip last month, but their season has since fallen apart. Cleveland went 1-4 on its longest homestand of the season and then lost three consecutive road games, including an embarrassing 31-point setback against the Knicks on national television.
Nash played for the first time since Nov. 10 on Tuesday night after being out because of a nerve problem in his back. Meeks sprained his right ankle about a minute into Tuesday's game and Hill was elbowed in the head by Kaman.
NOTES: The Cavaliers hung a new banner of Austin Carr's retired No. 34 jersey from the rafters at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday. The original banner vanished last week and is still missing. Carr was the first player drafted by the franchise in 1971 and currently works as a TV color analyst for the team. ... Nash is expected to play Friday night in Philadelphia. ... Lakers G Manny Harris' second 10-day contract expired and the team chose not to re-sign him for the rest of the season. Harris went out on a high note with 18 points against Minnesota. ... The Cavaliers play in Washington on Friday.
All-Time Series Notes: This will be the 104th
meeting between the two teams with the Lakers
holding a 60-42 series advantage … In their last 10 overall meetings, the Lakers are 5-5 against the
Cavaliers ... The Lakers are 11-4 all-time against the Cavaliers at STAPLES Center while in
Cleveland, they have gone 2-8 in their last 10 visits to Quicken Loans Arena ... In a game against
the Cavaliers 1/11/11 at STAPLES Center, the Lakers defeated Cleveland 112-57 ... The 55-point
margin of victory is the third largest in team history, while the 57 points allowed are the fewest by a
Lakers opponent in the shot clock era ... In 31 games against the Cavaliers (28 starts), Kobe
Bryant is averaging 23.6 points per game ... Bryant scored a series record 47 points 1/30/01 at
Cleveland, but has faced a variety of health-related issues when facing Cleveland in recent years ...
On 2/8/09 at Cleveland, Bryant played through the effects of flu-like symptoms ... In the prior
meeting on 1/19/09, Bryant suffered a dislocated ring finger on his shooting hand but continued to
play, marking the 3rd time Bryant has been injured against the Cavs ... In 2004, Bryant suffered a
sprained right shoulder that limited him to 17 minutes, five of which came after injuring his shoulder
in the final seconds of the 1st quarter (1/12/04) ... Bryant tallied 10 points, 5 rebounds and 2
assists, playing five 2nd quarter minutes predominantly left handed ... The following season,
Bryant suffered a severely sprained right ankle after landing on Ira Newble’s foot with 5:39
remaining in the first period (1/13/05) and did not return until the Lakers/Cavs next meeting that
Connections: Cavaliers F Earl Clark played for the Lakers in 2012-13, averaging 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 59 games... Cavaliers F Alonzo Gee and Lakers G Nick Young were
teammates on the Washington Wizards for part of the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons... Cavaliers G Jarrett Jack was teammates with Lakers guard Steve Blake on the Portland Trail Blazers
during the 2005-06 and 2007-08 seasons ... Jack was also teammates with Lakers G Xavier Henry and C Chris Kaman on the New Orleans Hornets during the 2011-12 season ... Cavaliers
assistant coach Igor Kokoskov coached Lakers guard Steve Nash (2008-12) and Wesley Johnson (2012-13) while in the same role with the Phoenix Suns… Cavaliers assistant coach Bret
Brielmaier was college teammates with Lakers forward Jordan Hill at Arizona during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons ... Cavaliers C Tyler Zeller played collegiately with Lakers G Kendall
Marshall at North Carolina during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons ... Kyrie Irving and Lakers forward Ryan Kelly were college teammates at Duke during the 2010-11 season … Cavaliers
head coach Mike Brown was head coach of the Lakers in 2011-2012 and part of 2012-13, finishing with a 42-29 regular season record and 5-7 playoff record ... Cavaliers assistant coach Bernie
Bickerstaff was in the same position on the Lakers during the 2012-13 season, and went 4-1 as the Lakers’ interim head coach ... Bickerstaff coached Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak
for five seasons, from 1976 to 1981, while an assistant on the Washington Bullets.