There’s really not too much to say after watching the Lakers treat the Cavaliers like the D-League team they are. I’ll just say this much…112-57.
Those 57 points posted by the Cavs mark the fewest ever allowed by the Los Angeles Lakers and are the least amount ever scored by Cleveland.
Usually you can’t take too much away from a 55 point win. The good news is that the Lakers are finally showing those killer instincts of champions. They jumped on the Cavs early and never let up. The defensive intensity was there from start to finish. Including the effort against the Knicks, the D of champions is back and in a big way!
On offense everything was working. Put it this way, by the time the Lake Show had opened up a 40 point lead in the third, Kobe Bryant had only scored 2 of his 13 points. If you want to know what balanced scoring looks like then check tonight’s boxscore. All five starters were in double digits with none scoring more than 15.
Shannon Brown is rediscovering his mojo and that’s a good thing in the absence of Matt Barnes. Shannon even rubbed a little salt in those Cavalier wounds as he drained a half court shot at the end of the third.
Overall, I’d say Byron Scott’s prospects of landing the top pick in the draft look pretty good. You hate to see Laker greats struggle but this was downright depressing. B-Scott could be flushing away any chance he might have had at returning to replace Phil Jackson with the LeBron-less squad he inherited.
But that is his problem. While I feel for him, there’s no love lost here.
The best part is that the Lake Show got plenty of rest for their late night flight to the Bay where the Warriors await. Tonight was more of a scrimmage than an NBA contest but it does further the L.A. resurgence.