Struggling Cavs routed again, Lakers post third straight win

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James

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They were outscored 28-12 in the fourth after hitting just 5 of 20 from the field.

Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie came up one rebound short of a triple-double with 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in Brooklyn's 110-105 win over the Hawks.

"You could win a hundred straight games and face the Warriors and there are still challenges", James said.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 17 points for NY. LaMarcus Aldridge added 24 points and 14 rebounds in a losing cause.

DeMar DeRozan scored 35 points to power the Toronto Raptors (26-10) to a 124-115 victory at Chicago while Greek standout Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 10 rebounds in Milwaukee's 122-101 home romp over Indiana. This is largely because LeBron James is on the team, who might very well be the most talked about player in National Basketball Association history. Ryan Anderson and Trevor Ariza added 18 points apiece and Eric Gordon 14.

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That DeRozan had the lowest point total of those six players was the flawless example of how Toronto hopes to transform itself into a potent post-season threat. Although they have yet to master it like Golden State, Toronto's 29-11 record is a franchise best at the 40-game mark of a season. That stretch included a 130-103 rout by Washington on December 23. Love chipped in with 21 points and hauled down 10 boards, with Jeff Green the only other Cavs player to score in double figures with 13 points off the bench. The two combined to shoot 65.7 per cent from the floor. In last night's loss to Toronto, the Cavs shot 25-30 (.833) from the foul line - their 22nd time making at least.800 of their attempts from the charity stripe this season. The Cavaliers' effort started out a lot better against the Pacers, but they reverted back to their lackadaisical selves in the third quarter.

Marvin Williams scored 15 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 12 for Charlotte, which won despite an off night for Dwight Howard, who scored just two first-half points. That's not a complaint at all as his 19 points only trailed Collison's 22. This is also the third consecutive game the Cavaliers allowed 127 points or more.

Thomas was very effective in his first two games, but his last few outings have been awful.

IN ranks 13th in points in the paint per game (44.8) while Cleveland ranks 23rd in points allowed in the paint per game (46.4). LeBron, * a href="https://stats.nba.com/players/advanced/?sort=OFF_RATING&dir=-1&CF=MIN*GE*15&Season=2017-18&SeasonType=Regular%20Season&DateFrom=12%2F18%2F2017&DateTo=01%2F12%2F2018&TeamID=1610612739" *who has had the highest player impact estimate on the team in the last 10 games, appeared to be looking for that someone on the sideline to start fighting for wins. LeBron seems to be the only player who recognizes that.

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