Cavaliers vs Lakers – NBA Game Recap – November 6, 2022

LOS ANGELES – – Donovan Mitchell scored 33 points and Darius Garland added 24 in Cleveland’s dynamic backcourt return from injury absences, and the Cavaliers beat LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers 114-100 on Sunday for their eighth consecutive win.

Jarrett Allen added 16 points to back up Cleveland guards’ last two-game show as the Cavs improved to 8-1, extending their longest winning streak since a 13-game streak in late 2017 last season. James with the team.

James scored 27 points but lost to the hometown Cavaliers for just the second time in 19 games in his 20-year NBA career. He suffered his only other loss in March 2011 while in Miami.

“You always have to have respect for greatness,” said Mitchell, who grew up a fan of James and the Cavs. “When the best are on the field, you just go out there and try to find a way to compete and get a win. We came in there and were just trying to do what we were doing, and luckily it was against Bron, but it wasn’t a talking point or anything.

Mitchell stayed on pace with his new team, passing 30 points for the sixth time in eight games.

Cleveland hasn’t made the playoffs without James on its roster since 1998, but this current roster looks set to make history on its own. The Cavs trailed by 12 in the first half on a slow start that coach JB Bickerstaff curtly blamed on “LA,” but they surged in the second half.

“LeBron does a lot for the city, has done a lot for the city,” Garland said. “So to have a whole different generation of guys with a whole bunch of talent, and just a great team overall that everybody loves, that would mean a lot to us and the city of Cleveland (to make the playoffs again ).That’s what we’re looking for.”

Anthony Davis had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers, who fell to 2-7 with their second straight loss at home. Russell Westbrook had 19 points and 10 assists with seven turnovers in another spirited performance as a reserve, but the Lakers had no defensive answer for Mitchell or Garland.

“I got in trouble last time just giving an honest opinion” about the Cavs during last season’s All-Star break, James said with a smile. “Whatever I don’t care, then I’ll give another one.” … They did a great job in the offseason bringing in a great player. They have a very good team and an excellent coach. A well-balanced team and a group of players (who) seem to really want to play ball.

Garland had played in just one of the Cavs’ previous seven games due to an eye injury and a knee injury. Garland and Mitchell (sprained left ankle) missed Cleveland’s victory over Detroit on Friday, but the two stars returned to full fitness with a 17-for-35 combined shot, four 3-pointers and a 19-for-20 throwing performance franc. line.

“We just didn’t come out ready (in the second half),” Westbrook said. “We were playing catch-up.”

TIPS

Cavaliers: USC product and Southern California native Evan Mobley had five points on 2-of-7 shooting and seven rebounds in 30 minutes.

Lakers: Had the lead after the first quarter for the first time this season. … Kendrick Nunn went 18 minutes without a goal in his first start in place of the ailing Patrick Beverley. … James snapped his 16-game missed 3-pointer skid in four games with a fourth-quarter bucket.

NEXT

Riders: At Clippers on Monday.

Lakers: At Jazz Monday.

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