The Los Angeles Lakers hosted the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. The end result was the fifth straight win for the Lakers, as they improved to a spectacular 8-1 at home, with a 9-4 overall record.
The Lakers took a 59-41 lead into halftime, including outscoring the Cavs 27-13 in the second quarter. Cleveland was able to regroup following halftime, outscoring the Lakers 29-23 in the third quarter and closing the gap by outscoring the home team 22-15 in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, the early deficit was far too much to overcome.
Kobe Bryant had another huge game, scoring 42 points. He was 15-for-31 from the floor and made eight of 10 free throws.