Cleveland-LA Lakers: James Plays the Grinch in 102-87 Victory

December 25th, 2009 by Jo-Ryan Salazar Leave a reply »
The Los Angeles Lakers picked the wrong time to play their worst basketball of the 2009-10 season. On Christmas Day, even.

LeBron James became the Grinch, and Staples Center turned into Whoville as he scored 26 points en route to a 102-87 victory for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Mo Williams had a breakout game for Cleveland with 28 points to lead the Cavs, who improve to 23-8. Shaquille O'Neal, making his return to Staples Center in Cleveland black and red after winning three rings donning the Laker purple and gold, scored 11 points and Jamario Moon added 13 off the bench.

Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 35 points but shot a dismal 34.3 percent. Ron Artest added 13 points while Pau Gasol scored 11 to pace the Lakers, who drop to 23-5 and a tie with the Boston Celtics for the best record in the National Basketball Association.

The stats turned what looked to be a marquee contest on paper into a one-sided mule-kicking, complete with foam fingers and water bottles hurled onto the hardwood by disgruntled home supporters.

Cleveland shot a blistering 54.3 percent compared to 36.5 for Los Angeles. The Cavaliers shot 38.9 percent from beyond the ...

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