Lakers vs. Cavaliers: Score, Highlights and Reaction from 2016 Regular Season

February 10th, 2016 by Tyler Conway Leave a reply »

Since Kobe Bryant's retirement announcement, teams have rolled out the red carpet for his going-away party, and the Cleveland Cavaliers did the same on Wednesday night. There was a special highlight reel, an introduction on par with Bryant's Staples Center greeting and a "Ko-be" chant that offered a touching moment for the future Hall of Famer.    

And then the actual basketball happened.

Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 35 points, and LeBron James added 29 as the Cavaliers unceremoniously kicked Bryant and his Lakers to the curb in a 120-111 win at Quickens Loan Arena.

Bryant, in his latest in a series of dispiriting performances, finished with 17 points. He made only five of his 16 shots and has fallen off a cliff since beginning the month with a season-best 38 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

In the Lakers' most recent three-game losing streak, Bryant is shooting 29.0 percent on an unwieldy 69 shots; it's fair to wonder if his insistence on chucking cost L.A two of those contests.

That narrative has been pervasive throughout the 2015-16 season. Players and coaches ...

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