LeBron James added 24 points, seven assists and five rebounds as the
Cavaliers (46-18) captured their fifth win in six games and remained
2 1/2 games ahead of the Toronto Raptors for the best record in the
James tied Kevin Johnson for 19th on the NBA's all-time assists list
Cleveland's Channing Frye collected 21 points and seven rebounds,
converting five-of-seven three-pointers and eight-of-10 shots from
All five Cavs starters scored in double figures, including J.R.
Smith, who finished with 17 points, and Tristan Thompson, who
contributed 10 points and 14 rebounds. Reserve guard Matthew
Dellavedova had 11 points.
Kobe Bryant scored 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting, hitting three of
four three-pointers, to lead the Lakers, who failed in their attempt
to win three in a row for only the second time this season.
Lakers rookie point guard D'Angelo Russell had 24 points, and
forward Julius Randle chipped in 15 points and nine rebounds.
Marcelo Huertas came off the bench to score 13 points and record
The Lakers (14-52) have dropped four straight to the Cavs.
Cleveland used its long-distance shooting to beat Los Angeles,
making 16-of-35 three-pointers (45.7 percent) to seven of 22 (31.8
percent) for the Lakers. Overall, the Cavs shot 52.9 percent from
the floor to 52.5 percent for the Lakers.
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Ten three-pointers (on 19 attempts) by the Cavaliers in the first
half staked the visitors to a 64-55 halftime lead. Frye connected on
four-of-five treys and scored 16 points by the break to lead all
The Lakers sank just three-of-11 from beyond the arc in the first
The two teams resume play on Sunday as part of a double-header at
Staples Center. The Cavaliers face the Los Angeles Clippers in the
opener, while the Lakers play the New York Knicks in the nightcap.
(Editing by John O'Brien)
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