LOS ANGELES: The Cavs cut a 19-point, third-quarter deficit down to three in the fourth quarter before falling to Mike Brown and the Los Angeles Lakers 97-92 Friday night. Kobe Bryant had 42 points, his third consecutive game with at least 40 points.
Kyrie Irving had 21 points and four assists, Ramon Sessions had 12 points off the bench and Omri Casspi had 11 points, four rebounds and three assists in one of his better performances this season.
The Cavs trailed 82-79 and had a chance to tie in the fourth quarter, but Daniel Gibson's corner 3-pointer rimmed out and the Cavs failed to get back defensively, leaving Matt Barnes for an easy dunk. Instead of a tie game, the Lakers extended their lead to five.
It was still a promising end to a long six-game road trip through the West. The Cavs fared much better here than last year, when they were blown out by 56 in the worst loss in franchise history.