After starting off their road trip with a win in Denver, the Cavaliers have been done in by Los Angeles.
After losing the Clippers on Friday, the Cavs fell to the Lakers 127-110 in the same arena on Sunday night. LeBron James led the Cavs 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Larry Nance and Jordan Clarkson scored 16 points and four points, respectively, in their first game against the Lakers since being traded to the Cavs at the trade deadline back in February.
Julius Randle led Los Angeles with 36 points (a new career-high) and 14 rebounds, while Brook Lopez added 22 points of his own. Ex-Cavaliers Isaiah Thomas chipped in 20 points — 14 of which came in the second half.
After trailing by five at the half, the Cavs tied the game at 72 all with 7:11 when James found Nance for an alley-oop. But by the 3:27 mark, the Lakers were back up seven after a Brook Lopez three-pointer. Los Angeles ultimately ripped off a 22-3 run that wasn’t snapped until John Holland three-pointer with 2.7 seconds left in the the third quarter. The Lakers held a 98-82 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
James sat the start the fourth, as usual, and checked back in with 9:26 to play with the Cavs down 106-87. He checked out for good with 6:24 to play and the Cavs down 115-94.
The Cavs were also done in by Thomas in a moment of revenge. Thomas scored eight points in the first 2:34 of the quarter to put the Lakers up by 19 points and shot a look at the Cavs bench as Tyronn Lue called a timeout.
The Cavs’ loss snaps a six-game winning streak for the Cavs against the Lakers, and with the Pacers beating the Celtics earlier on Sunday, also bumps Cleveland down to the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Cavs next play on Tuesday in Phoenix against the tanking Suns. Tipoff is at 10 p.m.