Depleted Lakers snap skid at Cavs’ expense

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Ryan Kelly scored 26 and Steve Blake had 11 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Lakers in topping the Cleveland Cavaliers 119-108 Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Jordan Farmar had 21 points and Wesley Johnson added 20 for the Lakers, who shot 53 percent from the field and set a franchise record 18-for-37 for 3-pointers, in snapping a seven-game losing streak.

Johnson scored 15 points, including three 3-pointers, as the Lakers built a 36-17 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Cavs’ C.J. Miles erupted with 10 points in the second quarter to lead a rally that reduced the Lakers lead to 70-49 at halftime.

The Lakers padded their lead back to a commanding 96-68 late in the third period before the Cavs ended the quarter with a 12-2 run.

The Cavs continued their rally early in the fourth, fueled by a pair of 3-pointers by Miles, to cut their deficit to 100-90.

The lead was further reduced to 114-108 following another 3-pointer by Miles and a pair of free throws by Anthony Bennett.

But Blake’s 3-pointer with 56.9 seconds left finally sealed the win.

The Lakers had to leave fouled out Robert Sacre on the court after fouling out with 3:32 remaining due to lack of a minimum of five healthy bodies.

“I didn’t know about that rule, but it’s a nice rule,” said Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni with a chuckle.

Miles led the Cavs with 27 points.

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