Cleveland, Ohio (Sporting Alert) — Kyrie Irving and C.J. Miles each scored 28 points in leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 100-94 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at Quicken Loans Arena Tuesday night.
Kobe Bryant had a game high 42 points, but his effort was not enough to stop the Lakers (9-13) from dropping its third straight game.
Former Duke Blue Devils point guard Irving was a major contributor for the Cavaliers, as he shot 11-of-21 from the field including 4-of-6 from three-point range, while dishing out 11 assists in the victory.
Anderson Varejao was also impressive for Cleveland (5-17) with 20 points and nine rebounds, with Alonzo Gee adding 17 points and Tristan Thompson pulling down 10 valuable boards.
Besides Bryant’s 42 points and five rebounds, the Lakers got a fine double-double of 19 points and 20 boards from Dwight Howard, but he only went 13-of-22 from the free throw line.
Metta World Peace finished with 13 points and Jordan Hill pulled down 10 rebounds for a Lakers side which has dropped five of its last six games.
It is clear that the team truly needs star point guard Steve Nash back from injury, as the visitors turned the ball over 18 times tonight with Bryant being the main culprit with five giveaways.
Howard turned the ball over four times, while World Peace did it three times.
Nash could return from a leg injury on Thursday against the New York Knicks or Friday against the Wizards.
The Lakers have a win/loss percent of 33.3 after a win and 46.2 after a loss.