Los Angeles Lakers avoid disaster, came back against Cavaliers at home

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The Los Angeles Lakers could not wait to get back to the Staples Center for their matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Perhaps it was to erase the memory of the most embarrassing loss in franchise history that blew the biggest lead (26 points!) To the OKC Thunder in 25 years.

For about three and a half quarters of an hour, it looked like it was going to be a repeat clunk performance, but thanks to LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Austin Reaves (YES! Austin Reaves!), The Los Angeles Lakers finally woke up and ran away from the Cleveland Cavaliers 113 -101.

This game was all about LeBron James. Some like him and some hate him, but his influence on a basketball court throughout his career can not be denied. The Cavaliers franchise is characterized by his success and will be for a long time.

For the Lakers, his return corrected to some extent a ship that was sinking in the bog of mediocrity and embarrassment.

The good from the Los Angeles Lakers’ victory:

LeBron James returned to the line!

The loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder showed the Lakers Nation how badly this team needs LeBron in the lineup. When he returned, not only did he come out aggressively, but he was the best player on the floor for the Lake Show, losing 15 points in the first half in a dominant manner.

He was the best player on the floor for the Lakers, scoring 26 points, 8 assists, 3 rebounds and a block to be seen later.

Thank God Carmelo Anthony has a very short memory!

Carmelo Anthony had a chance to equalize against the Thunder with ten seconds left of the match. OKC basically threw the ball to him in rhythm for a game that equalized 3 point shots. Melo went on to shoot the worst airball of his NBA career, missing the basket by about five feet.

Against the Cleveland Cavaliers, he reminded the NBA world of the old saying … “Shooters shoot!”.

Boy did he! Melo drank some of his secret juice from the Memphis Grizzlies game and started throwing bombs from the other side of the arc.

He was on fire in the second half, scoring 18 of his 24 points to support LeBron’s attack on the basket. He shot 9-12 from the field with six shots from the extra point land.

Russell Westbrook did not shoot the Lakers out of the game?

Russ really did not make the mark on point guard that this team needs in the playoffs. Sure, he scored 19 points (8-13 shots!) With 6 rebounds and 5 assists, but the offense is stagnant with him on the floor.

But give him credit, he did not shoot the Lakers completely out of the game from the 3-point line when they came back in the third quarter.

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