The Cleveland Cavaliers made quick work of the Los Angeles Lakers, leaving the purple and gold with a 120-111 loss to chew on as they head into the long All-Star break. The Cavaliers galloped up and down the court on the Lakers, pushing the pace as they attacked the paint and took advantage of L.A.'s lacking interior defense, especially in transition.
LeBron James ended the night with 29 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds, leaking out in transition to catch outlets from his rebound-corralling teammates all night. Kyrie Irving had his way with the Lakers' perimeter defenders, scoring 35 points while he danced the night away. Irving also put a bow on the Cavaliers' win down the stretch hitting a few jumpers to put the game out of reach.
Kobe Bryant's last game in Cleveland was an uneventful one until he started drawing fouls late in the fourth quarter. He scored 17 points on 5-of-16 shooting, never getting into much of a rhythm. Kobe and LeBron get one last crack at each other later in the year, but this one lacked the kind of sparks most have always hoped to see between the two superstars. Julius Randle was hardly heard from with seven points and eight rebounds. Lou Williams had a fantastic night, scoring a team-high 28 points while making nine of his 15 attempts.
The Lakers are off until Feb. 19, one day after the trade deadline. There will be Lakers to watch during the festivities in Toronto, though, so we'll provide full coverage of the weekend here at Silver Screen and Roll.