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Lakers 119, Cavaliers 108

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CLEVELAND -- Power forward Ryan Kelly had a career-high 26 points to propel the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers to a 119-108 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Lakers were so banged up by the end of the game they had no reserves left on the bench, and center Robert Sacre was allowed to play with six personal fouls.

The Lakers put on a dazzling shooting display from behind the arc. They made 18 of 37 3-pointers, compared to the Cavaliers 5 of 33.

The Lakers (17-32) were leading by 18 after three quarters, 98-80, then had to hold on for dear life.

A clutch 3-pointer by guard Steve Blake with 56.7 seconds left iced the contest. He had a triple-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and a game-high 15 assists.

The Cavaliers (16-33) cut a 29-point, first-half deficit to eight points in the fourth, but couldn't get any closer.

Guard C.J. Miles had a game-high 27 points for the Cavaliers, who have now lost six in a row, as well as eight of their last nine.

Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao added 15 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.

The Lakers came to town riding a seven-game losing streak. They were playing on the tail end of a road back-to-back. They dressed only eight players because of injuries. Yet, they throttled the Cavaliers in the first half, 70-49.

The 70 points tied for the most the Cavaliers have allowed in a half this.

They had three players with 20 or more points. Guard Jordan Farmar added 21 points and eight assists, while forward Wesley Johnson added 20 points and nine rebounds.

The Lakers dressed eight players. Seven of them scored in double figures. The only one that did not, guard Nick Young, left the game with a twisted left knee in the first half and did not return.

Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft, had 14 points and eight rebounds.

Forward Tristan Thompson added 13 points and eight rebounds.

The Lakers extended their lead to 29 points midway through the second quarter.

But they just couldn't stop the Lakers from getting easy baskets. Farmar was scorching hot with 19 points in the first half. He converted five-of-six 3-point goals.

The Lakers shot 71.4 percent from the field in the first quarter, as they jumped out to a commanding 36-17 lead. Johnson almost outscored the Cavs himself with 15 points.

Blake, who burst his eardrum in Minnesota on Tuesday, dished out eight assists in the first quarter. The Cavaliers had just four.

NOTES: Former Cavaliers legend Austin Carr's No. 34 banner has been replaced in the rafters of Quicken Loans Arena. It mysteriously disappeared sometime after the wrestling event and before the New Orleans game on Jan. 28. The Cavs replaced the banner in time for Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Lakers G Manny Harris' second 10-day contract expired on Tuesday in Minnesota. The Lakers either had to sign him for the rest of the season or kick him loose. They chose the latter. He had 19 points and eight rebounds against the Timberwolves. ... Harris had two stints with the Cavs in 2010-11 and 2011-12. ... The Cavs need locker-room leaders in the worst way. G Jarrett Jack might be turning into that guy. "He's probably our most vocal guy," coach Mike Brown said. "His communication skills on both ends of the floor have been pretty good." ... Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni wouldn't say his team was snake bit with injuries. "We can play better," he said. "We're not concentrating on the other things. We have to stay positive." It seems as if D'Antoni changes his starting lineup on a daily basis. He started Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake in the backcourt, Ryan Kelly and Wesley Johnson at forwards and Robert Sacre at center. Missing are Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash, among others. ... Blake suffered a burst ear drum recently. "I just can't talk to him on the left side," D'Antoni joked. "He's fine." ... Future Hall of Fame G Steve Nash was held out of the game because it was the second night of a back-to-back. ... There are no minutes restrictions on Cavs G Anderson Varejao, who has returned from a hyperextended left knee.

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