Cavs continue homestand vs. Lakers
(Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers will resume a four-game homestand
this afternoon when they host Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers at
Quicken Loans Arena.
Cleveland opened the homestand with Friday’s 99-84 win over the Portland Trail
Blazers. LeBron James posted 27 points, nine rebounds and six steals to lead
Drew Gooden scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the
Cavaliers, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Ronald Murray scored 16
points, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 15.
The fourth-seeded Cavs have won three straight at home and own a 23-10 record
as the host this season.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles will conclude a three-game road trip in Cleveland.
The Lakers are 0-1 on the swing after suffering a 92-89 loss to the New Jersey
Nets on Friday night.
Bryant had 24 points and 11 assists, while Lamar Odom totaled 18 points and 13
boards for the Lakers, who have lost three of their last four games. Smush
Parker finished with 13 points and nine boards for LA.
Los Angeles is 3-3 in its last six road games and 16-20 away from the Staples
Center this season.
The Lakers won the first meeting of the season with Cleveland on January 12 by
a 99-98 score. Bryant scored 27 points and hit the winning jumper with 8.6
seconds remaining to lead the Lakers at the Staples Center.
LA has won 11 of the last 13 meetings with the Cavs and four of its last six
trips to Cleveland.