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Irving Puts On Show As Cavs Frustrate Lakers


Kyrie Irving and D’Angelo Russell put on absolute clinics Sunday night in Los Angeles, but Kyrie and the Cavs prevailed in an all-too-predictable finish from a Lakers perspective.

Irving dropped 45 on 15-21 shooting including 6-10 from deep. Russell had an answer for the majority of the night, but fell silent towards the latter stages of the fourth quarter. D’Angelo finished with 40 points on 14-22 shooting including seven triples.

LeBron James backed Kyrie up with 34 of his own. Kevin Love added 21 and grabbed 15 boards for a double-double.

Aside from Russell, each of Los Angeles’ starters finished in double figures. Jordan Clarkson, Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac and Julius Randle finished with 19, 18, 10 and 10, respectively.

After three, LA held a double-digit advantage. No, the Cavs weren’t resting their starters. And yes, I’m as shocked as you are that this game was at all competitive.

For most of the game, the Lakers controlled the pace, and had their way with that Cleveland defense. But LA got creative in finding a way to blow this one, losing a late 11-point advantage on a 13-2 Cavs run.

For roughly 43 minutes, Los Angeles came up with big plays when necessary and had an answer on nearly ensuing possession following a Cavs score. But basketball games are 48 minutes in length. And that proved the difference.

Final score: Cavs 125, Lakers 120.

The Lakers are 20-50.

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