6:46 PMLakers 113, Cavs 93: Jan. 13 Running Diary
Below is a running diary of L.A.’s Sunday evening contest against Cleveland, the Lakers trying to snap a 6-game losing streak, with some comments drawn from our @LakersReporter Twitter account, and a few more details in case you missed any of the action:
0:00 A terrific first quarter, certainly L.A.’s best in a few weeks, produced a 37-20 lead after 12 minutes, tanks to 13 of 20 shooting (13 of 20), and 10 assists along the way, with Kobe Bryant notching five and Steve Nash four. Bryant added 12 points by hitting his second three of the period in the waning moments, while Howard was well on his way towards a big game with 10 points and five rebounds in just eight minutes. Cleveland mustered only eight makes in 22 attempts (36.4 percent).
1:57 Things got a bit ugly on offense, as five straight possessions all ended with turnovers, despite the presence of Nash, Howard and Kobe on the floor. That made for 12 total turnovers, even as the lead stayed in double digits at 52-41. Over-passing has been a problem at times, though poor execution of pick and rolls and extended isolation plays were also in issue.
0:00 Howard’s and-1 allowed a 12-point lead at the half, despite the absurd turnover spree (13 in the half, nine in the second quarter), with Bryant’s 6 of 8 shooting and five assists helping get ‘em there. Cleveland shot only 38.3 percent from the field, 20 points below L.A.’s 58.8 percent.
0:00 The offense kept clicking in the third, L.A. winning the period 29-24, with Jamison adding five of his 13 bench points (three triples) and Howard reaching 22 points with 11 boards. The Cavs continued to struggle from the field, and despite capitalizing on L.A.’s 20 turnovers, couldn’t get closer than 86-69 after 36 minutes.
0:00 Darius Morris got his scoring on off the pine, reaching 14 points in limited minutes, while Jamison added his fourth triple to reach 16 points of his own. The Lakers led by as many as 30, before some garbage time hoops from the Cavs cut the final margin to 20 at 113-93. L.A. tossed out 32 assists, one short of a season high, led by nine from Nash and seven from Chris Duhon in only 19 bench minutes. Cleveland also eeked past 40 percent from the field (41.1), but L.A.’s D was very good for most of the evening. The only rough stat: 22 turnovers. But, alas, the losing streak is over, as the Lakers await a pretty solid Milwaukee Bucks team on Tuesday. We’ll see you there.
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