Anderson Varejao scored 18 points and recorded 18 rebounds and 6 assists in a tremendous all-around performance to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a close victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, 120-118. The Cavaliers shot lights out in this one, going 41-88 (46.6%) from the field, including 13-17 (76.5%) from three-point range. Cleveland (14-24) picked up the win after falling to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.
Varejao shot 7-11 from the field, in a strong performance. Other top performers for Cleveland were Luol Deng with 27 points and 5 rebounds, and Tristan Thompson with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Nick Young had another strong game off the bench for Los Angeles in the loss, putting up 28 points on 7-16 shooting (4-8 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 10-10 from the free throw line. Pau Gasol chipped in 20 points and 12 rebounds and Kendall Marshall finished with 10 points and 16 assists.
The Cavaliers posted a sterling assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.38. This year, they are 1-1 when they exceed 2.50 in this metric. Conversely, the Lakers are 1-8 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a stellar ratio.
Los Angeles (14-24) has now dropped their last five in a row.
Coming up, the Cavaliers play the Portland Trail Blazers, who are 28-9 on the season. The Lakers meet the Phoenix Suns, currently sitting at 21-16 this year. The Cavaliers are 0-1 versus Portland this season. The Lakers have lost their last two meetings with Phoenix.