Lakers' woes continue in 120-105 loss to Cavaliers

The Lakers struggle with their shooting and fall, 120-105 to the Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers 120, Lakers 105 (final)

The Lakers lost their 13th game in 14 tries, falling on the road Sunday to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Jordan Clarkson scored a career-high 20 points in just over 27 minutes, but the Lakers were only in the game through the first quarter.

Cleveland's Kevin Love netted a season-high 32 points on 87.5% shooting from three-point range (7-8). Teammate Kyrie Irving finished with 28 points with 10 assists while LeBron James added 22 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

The Cavaliers had an easy time scoring against the Lakers, hitting 54.9% from the field as a team and 54.5% from behind the arc (18-33).

The Lakers shot just 41.0% and 30.4% (7-23), respectively. Ed Davis gave the Lakers 16 off the bench. Wesley Johnson scored 15, Wayne Ellington had 12, and Jeremy Lin 11.

Reserves Iman Shumpert (12 points) and Tristan Thompson (10) also contributed for the Cavaliers.

The Lakers managed to keep the game close at times with a 19-6 advantage on the offensive glass. They also turned the ball over just seven times while forcing the Cavaliers into 14 miscues.

With the loss, the Lakers drop to 13-38. They'll return home to host the Denver Nuggets (19-32) on Tuesday night. The Cavaliers (33-21) play the Miami Heat (21-29) on Wednesday.

Cavaliers 96, Lakers 79 (end of third quarter)

The Cavaliers seemed to blow open their Sunday afternoon game against the Lakers in the third quarter, pushing their lead to 26 points -- but the Lakers rallied to close to within 17 heading into the fourth.

Cleveland's Kevin Love led all scorers with 32 points. Kyrie Irving scored 19 with eight assists while LeBron James neared a triple-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

The Cavaliers scored at will against the Lakers, hitting 56.9% from the field and 53.8% from three-point range (14-26).

The Lakers have a career-high 20 points from rookie Jordan Clarkson. Wayne Ellington and Wesley Johnson each added 12.

Tarik Black had eight points with seven rebounds.

The Lakers hit just 40.8% from the field and 20.0% (3-15) from behind the arc.

Cavaliers 64, Lakers 49 (halftime)

Kevin Love got hot, and the Cavaliers extended their lead over the Lakers to 15 points by halftime.

Love scored 22 points in 21 minutes, hitting five of six three-pointers. Kyrie Irving added 13 points with six assists, while LeBron James had eight with eight rebounds and six assists.

The Lakers were led by Wesley Johnson scoring 12 off the bench, with Jordan Clarkson adding 10 and Carlos Boozer nine.

The Cavaliers shot 59.1% from the field including 57.1% from three-point range (8-14). The Lakers hit 38.5% and 12.5% (1-8), respectively.

Nick Young was called for a technical foul after arguing a call. The guard/forward scored two points on five attempts.

Cavaliers 32, Lakers 28 (end of first quarter)

The Lakers competed through the first quarter in Cleveland, but a late spurt by the Cavaliers gave them a four-point lead after 12 minutes.

Kyrie Irving scored 13 points with three assists, including a pair of three-pointers. LeBron James scored eight as his team shot 54.2% from the field.

The Lakers were led by Wesley Johnson, scoring 12 points off the bench after starter Ryan Kelly got into early foul trouble trying to guard Kevin Love.

Jordan Clarkson added eight points on four-of-six shooting.

The Lakers shot 40.0% from the field, but earned extra shot attempts with eight offensive rebounds to four from the Cavaliers.


The Lakers (13-37) visit the Cleveland Cavaliers (31-21) on Sunday afternoon.

The Cavaliers are climbing in the Eastern Conference, while the Lakers are dropping in the West.

The Lakers will play without Jordan Hill (hip) out, along with Kobe Bryant (shoulder), Julius Randle (knee) and Steve Nash (back), who are all done for the season.

LeBron James (wrist) is expected to play for the Cavaliers, while center Anderson Varejao (Achilles' tendon) is out for the year.

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