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Recap: Cavs 104, Lakers 99

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 17, 2011

Clearly, the Cavs just need to keep playing teams from Los Angeles. Over their last 29 games, the Cavs are 2-0 against teams from L.A. and 0-27 against everyone else.

Since they won't see the Lakers again and don't get the Clippers until next month, the only other alternative is to conjure up ways to play this aggressive every night. Strange concept, I know. But when the Cavs attack the basket, stay focused and give effort for 48 minutes, they can compete most nights with most teams in this league.

The last two weeks have proven that.

They nearly stunned the Dallas Mavericks at home at the beginning of this month and they shocked the NBA with Wednesday's win over the Lakers. Yes, the defending champs have been struggling, but NO ONE saw this coming.

The Cavs beat the Lakers to loose balls. They outhustled them on the glass -- despite Pau Gasol's 20 rebounds. They outworked the Lakers most of the night and the result was leading this game most of the way.

Tonight the Cavs proved to themselves what can happen when they give this type of effort every night. Whether or not they can play like this every night remains to be seen. But at least now they have two examples (Clippers and Lakers) of what the end product can look like when they do.


Ramon Sessions 32 points, eight assists
Antawn Jamison 19 points, 10 rebounds
J.J. Hickson 13 points, 15 rebounds
Anthony Parker 18 points, nine assists
Pau Gasol 30 points, 20 rebounds
Kobe Bryant 17 points, seven turnovers
Derek Fisher 19 points

Turning point
The Cavs withstood a furious late rally by the Lakers by making their free throws down the stretch. The Lakers chopped a 10-point deficit down to two in the final 1:47, but the Cavs made 8 of 10 free throws in the closing minutes.

Key stat
The Cavs won for just the third time in their last 40 games.

They said it
"I expected to win three out of the four, but I guess I can't be too greedy. Two out of four is not bad." -- Cavs coach Byron Scott on the Cavs' just-completed four-game homestand

Up next
The Cavs (10-46) host the Houston Rockets (26-30) at 7 p.m. next Wednesday following the All-Star break.

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