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New FSM Essential Recap: Lakers vs Cavaliers – Game 6

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The Los Angeles Lakers bounced back with their third win in their last four games with a 113-101 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in LeBron James’ return to action.


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DeAndre Jordan got the scoring underway with an alley-oop dunk from Anthony Davis. Evan Mobley answered back with an alley-oop of his own from Darius Garland. Cleveland added a three from Lauri Markkanen and another Mobley field goal before the Lakers brought the game even again.

Momentum would shift back and forth through the quarter, with Los Angeles carrying a six-point lead with 3:42 remaining in the quarter. A 13-0 run in the remaining time by the Cavaliers, orchestrated by Collin Sexton and Kevin Love, gave Cleveland a 28-21 lead after one quarter.

The second quarter began with the teams trading successful shots until efficiency gave Cleveland an 11 point lead three and a half minutes into the quarter. The Lakers fought back to within five off of a run by James and Austin Reaves until a Mobley dunk stopped them in their tracks. Cleveland maintained a six-point cushion for two and a half minutes straight until Russell Westbrook drained a jump shot to cut the lead to four.

Los Angeles continued to slowly chip away at the gap with free throws from James, but a three from Ricky Rubio undid the progress. Rubio’s three would be the last points for the Cavaliers for the half as the Lakers fought back again in the final two minutes. Points from James and Avery Bradley allowed the Lakers to go into halftime in a tie with Cleveland after being down by as many as 11 in the quarter.


The second half began with a tradeoff that lasted the first two and a half minutes until Garland and Mobley put Cleveland back up by four.


Lakers vs Cavaliers
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Garland would later sink a three to extend the lead to seven with 6:15 left in the frame. Rubio continued putting up points as he made a three to extend the lead to nine with 3:12 remaining in the third. Reaves would hit a three of his own, only for Rubio to hit another jump shot right after.

With 2:31 left in the third quarter, the Lakers’ star power began to take over as Carmelo Anthony hit a three that would spark a 12-0 scoring run involving Davis, Westbrook, and Bradley. Anthony would finish the frame the same way he started the run: a three-pointer to give the Lakers an 88-85 lead heading into the final quarter of the game.

Westbrook started the quarter with a successful jump shot that would be followed up with another tandem run by Mobley and Garland to give Cleveland a one-point lead. The Lakers stars would quickly respond as Anthony hit a three to regain the lead, sparking a 9-0 run that lasted almost two and a half minutes. With just under 3:30 left in the game, Anthony hit yet another three to give Los Angeles a 12 point lead, slowly pulling the game out of reach for the young Cavaliers.

The Lakers would have a response to each Cleveland field goal conversion for the remainder of the game, giving the Cavaliers no opportunity to mount a comeback. After the game ended with a rare Dwight Howard three-pointer, answered by Lamar Stevens hitting the game’s last points with a three, the Lakers defeated the Cavaliers 113-101.

The returning James led all scorers with 26 points in 38 minutes, while Anthony had 24 points off the bench. Westbrook had 19 points and Davis had a relatively quiet game scoring just 15 points. The Cavaliers’ leading scorer was Mobley with 23 points, while Garland and Rubio each put up 18 points in 32 minutes apiece and Markkanen finished with 17 points.


The next Lakers game will be on Halloween at Staples Center as the team gets set to host the Houston Rockets. The game will begin at 7:30 and can be seen on SpectrumSportsLA.


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