Instead, the Cavaliers hold on for a 120-118 victory, sending the Lakers to their 11th loss in 12 tries.
With star point guard
Young helped pull the Lakers back within two, hitting three free throws with 25.3 seconds left.
After another Thompson free throw,
Young scored 28 off the bench for the Lakers, hitting 4 of 8 from three-point range and all 10 free throw attempts. He also dished six assists with just one turnover.
Offense wasn't the issue for the Lakers, who shot 52.4% from the field.
The Cavaliers flourished behind the arc, hitting a stunning 76.5% from three-point range (13-17). The Lakers also hit 13, but needed 34 attempts (38.2%).
Cleveland shot 46.6% from the field but did even greater damage at the line, hitting 25 of 32 attempts (78.1%).
The Lakers (14-24) will now embark on a seven-game road trip Wednesday night in Phoenix (21-16) against the
The Cavaliers (14-24) also play Wednesday, traveling to Portland to visit the
The Lakers' halftime lead quickly evaporated in the third quarter.
Dating back to
The Lakers staunched the bleeding as
The Lakers shot 52.5% from the field through three quarters while Cleveland shot 44.9%.
The Lakers exploded for 40 points in the second quarter against the Cavaliers, turning what was once an eight-point deficit into an 11-point advantage at one point.
Cleveland whittled the Lakers' lead down to six on a later
The Lakers shot 54.8% from the field, led by 18 from
The Cavaliers were led by
Lakers point guard
Cleveland led by as many as eight points with
The Cavaliers shot 50% from the field and 75% from three-point range (3-4).
The Lakers hit just 40% and 27.3% from behind the arc (3-11), while turning the ball over five times.
The Lakers (14-22), who have lost 10 of their last 11 games, get one last home game on Tuesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers (13-24) before heading out on a seven-game road trip.
The Cavaliers recently traded former Lakers center
Pau Gasol is a game-time decision with a strained toe.
The Lakers have a long list of injuries, including
For a more in-depth breakdown, check out Preview: Lakers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers.