Struggling Cavs routed again, Lakers post third straight win

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

Toronto's 133 points were the most by any Cavaliers opponent this season, and marked the third straight game that Cleveland has allowed at least 127.

The Pacers return to action on Sunday night, when they visit the Phoenix Suns to open their Western Conference road trip.

HORNETS 99, JAZZ 88: Kemba Walker scored 22 points and Frank Kaminsky added 16 to lead Charlotte, at home, to its fourth victory in six games.

Isaiah Thomas returned to the court after missing the beginning of the season with a hip injury. The rumor mill is no longer preaching that LeBron is heading to Los Angeles - the Rockets and other teams are being thrown into the mix as well. LeBron, * a href="*GE*15&Season=2017-18&SeasonType=Regular%20Season&DateFrom=12%2F18%2F2017&DateTo=01%2F12%2F2018&TeamID=1610612739" *who has had the highest player impact estimate on the team in the last 10 games, appeared to be looking for that someone on the sideline to start fighting for wins.

"I should have known, I've known since school, it's not the guy who tells the joke that gets caught it's the guy who laughs", James said.

Last year's Cavs squad finished the season 22nd in defensive rating and generally proved that they could flip the proverbial switch in the postseason when they all cared. The last two efforts have been particularly alarming. Almost doubling your opponents rebounds is impressive in any particular game, when you consider the Raptors played "small-ball" with OG Anunoby at power forward, it becomes even more notable.

One of the downfalls of Cleveland during that quarter was their 32 percent shooting from the field, while their defense allowed IN to hit for five 3-pointers.

James was also slapped with a technical foul after losing his cool and retaliating against Stephenson with 7:53 left in the game.

It was just another act in their twos "chippy" history. "But he played well tonight".

Oladipo once again provided the late-game heroics. Miami's 0.611 effective field goal percentage was their largest strength over IN, who had a mark of 0.506.

"Players have grumbled that (LeBron) James has slowed the ball movement, holding onto the ball until he sees an "assist" pass, rather than moving it quickly", Vardon writes. "And there were just some plays that you should come up with, that you should make, and when you're losing, you tend to not wanna make those plays, or tend to let some plays get away from you. Luckily, he stepped out of bounds".

The Cavs have not beaten the Pacers in two meetings this season. With these teams vying for the top spot, head-to-head wins and losses are important - especially if a tiebreak occurs at the end of the season.

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