Los Angeles Lakers They came out alive today by the hair of a very convoluted and full of traps game against the Cleveland Cavaliers (108-115) thanks to a gigantic LeBron James that destroyed his former team with 46 points (19 of 26 in shots, 7 of 11 in triples).
James also contributed 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals in this monumental performance that allowed the Lakers to continue. undefeated away so far this season after chaining ten consecutive wins.
The Angelenos continue to lead the Western Conference with 14 wins and 4 losses, which is the best record of the league.
In line with the little brilliant game of his team apart from James, Marc Gasol had a gray night with 2 points, 3 rebounds and an assist in 10 minutes on the court.
The Spaniard was greatly diminished from the beginning, as he added his third foul when only three minutes of the first quarter had been played.
The Lakers, who suffered in much of the game against some very combative Cavaliers, had very little lucidity in attack, something that Anthony Davis exemplified (5 of 16 in shots) and also his poor effectiveness from the perimeter (10 of 32 in triples among the whole team).
On the part of the Cavaliers, who are now left with 8 games won and 9 lost, Andre Drummond stood out, who dominated the zone at will with 25 points (11 of 21 in shooting) and 17 rebounds.
Nothing indicated at the beginning of the game that the Lakers were going to suffer so much, since in the first quarter James released a good artillery charge (17 points, 4 of 5 in triples) to mark the first differences (23-33).
The second set continued in a placid way for those in purple and gold, with advantages ranging between ten points, although little by little Drummond was imposing his law on the paint (in the middle of the second quarter he had already achieved a double-double).
An acrobatic triple by Cedi Osman on the horn adjusted the score a bit before the break (58-65) and another two shots of three in a row from the forward just after the second half started turned the game around (70-69).
The Cavaliers began to believe that surprise was possible while the Lakers, who only made two shots from the field in the first six minutes of the third quarter, sank in attack between inaccuracies, lack of aim and concentration errors.
The effort and dedication of Montrezl Harrell sustained the Lakers before the fourth quarter (89-87), where James said enough and he thumped the table loudly.
With 21 points in the fourth quarter, including three triples (one of them almost from the middle of the field), James rescued his team in a magnificent way and thus delivered a very scoring tribute to Kobe Bryant, whose death marks one year on Tuesday.