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.