The Los Angeles Lakers finally got their first win of the New Year Sunday night with their 113-93 wire to wire win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Lakers dominated the entire night and got the lead to as many as 30 points. Just about everything went right for the Lakers on both sides of the ball. The Lakers shot a scorching hot 58% from the field and 52% from the 3 point land. Defensively, they held the Cavs to 93 points and on just 41% shooting. The only hiccup on the night was the 22 turnovers.
The offense looked crisp with ball and player movement that had been lacking during the Lakers 6 game losing streak. The Lakers totaled 33 assists and had 6 players reach double figures. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers in scoring with 23 points and Dwight Howard, in his first game back from his shoulder injury, added 22 points and a game high 14 rebounds.
Earl Clark continues to impress and make most of his opportunity; his line Sunday night was 13 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks.
Kyrie Irving and rookie Dion Waiters each had 15 points to lead the Cavs on the night in scoring.
The Lakers’ next game will be Tuesday at home against the Milwaukee Bucks, then face the defending champs, Miami Heat, on Thursday at Staples.
– Fern Rea “@fullcourtfern”