Cavaliers Defeat Lakers 120-108
It was a game that LeBron James and Kobe Bryant will remember forever, as it was their last time they will face off on the same court — in the NBA, at least. Thursday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers traveled to LA in their night special against the Lakers. Although Bryant had been battling a sore right shoulder recently, he didn’t want to miss his last meeting against another future Hall-of-Famer, James.
The first quarter was an offensive shootout for both teams. The Cleveland Cavaliers came out with the early advantage, although it was only a two-point deficit at the end of the first quarter. Behind 31-33, the Lakers looked to hit the Cavaliers in their blind spot.
However, the second quarter didn’t go quite as planned for the Lakers. Although both teams continued to show dominance on the offensive end, the Cavaliers still pulled out ahead. Outscoring the Lakers 31-24, the Cavs saw a 9-point lead going into halftime.
With the lead at half time, the Cavaliers were looking to just maintain what they had and slide out with a victory. By the end of the fourth quarter, that goal had been accomplished. The Cavs outscored the Lakers by 3 in the second half. Although that isn’t a huge number, it was enough to secure the victory.
In a back-and-forth duel between two of the league’s greatest players of all-time, the fans were given exactly what they were hoping to see — a show. In the end, LeBron James finished with 24 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds. On the other hand, the Black Mamba finished with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists.
There were also two other Cavaliers’ players that showed up to play tonight, Channing Frye and Kyrie Irving. Frye, who hit 5-of-7 from long range, pitched in with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Irving led the team with 26 points, while also chipping in with 9 assists.
We also saw another great game from D’Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers’ point guard. He finished the game with an impressive 24 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds.
LeBron and Kobe, both vital pieces to their teams’ franchise, have been an incredible matchup to watch, whether it be regular season or post-season. Although it is sad to see this matchup get left in the dust, the memories will live on forever.