Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cavaliers Hand Lakers Third Straight Loss, 104-99

Four late free throws from Anthony Parker and Ramon Sessions Wednesday brought the Cleveland Cavaliers a stunning 104-99 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Cavaliers scored 22 points over the final 6 minutes to rally past a team that has suffered two unlikely setbacks heading into the All-Star break.

The defending-champion Lakers fell to Charlotte by 20 points Monday and now have lost to a club that recently established the longest losing streak in the history of the NBA.

Los Angeles dropped the final three games of a seven-game road trip, having also fallen to Orlando.
Cleveland led for most of the third period, but the Lakers moved a point in front midway through the fourth quarter and seemed likely to pull away down the stretch. Instead, it was Cleveland that made the key plays while both Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher missed 3-point tries for the Lakers in the final seconds.

Parker’s two free throws gave Cleveland a four-point lead with 18 seconds left and Sessions made two more with 11 seconds remaining to again put the Cavaliers in front by four.

Sessions scored 32 points off the bench and Antawn Jamison added 19 for the Cavaliers.

Pau Gasol had 30 points and 20 rebounds for the Lakers. Bryant scored 17 points while making just 8-of-24 shots from the field.

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