Thursday, February 17, 2011
Cavs leave Lakers reeling, win in regulation
By ESPN Stats & Info
Beating the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday snapped yet another somewhat historic streak for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers snapped their NBA-record 26-game losing streak on Friday, but needed overtime to beat the Los Angeles Clippers.
Cleveland’s 104-99 win over the Lakers snapped a record 39-game streak without a win in regulation. Wednesday was the Cavaliers' first regulation win since beating the Memphis Grizzlies 92-86, on November 27. They had two wins in between, but both came in overtime -- over the New York Knicks and the Clippers.
One of the low points during the Cavaliers’ record losing streak was a 112-57 loss to the Lakers last month. By beating the Lakers on Wednesday, Cleveland became just the fourth team in the last 40 seasons to lose to an opponent by at least 55 points and then beat that opponent in their next meeting that season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
In that 55-point loss to the Lakers, Ramon Sessions scored 10 of the Cavaliers’ 57 points. On Wednesday, Sessions scored a season-high 32 points off the bench, the second-highest total of his career. That’s also the fourth-most points by a bench player this season, and the most this season against the Lakers.
In the loss, Pau Gasol scored 30 points and had 20 rebounds. He joins Kevin Love as the only players with a 30-20 game this season, and is the first Laker to go 30-20 since Shaquille O'Neal scored 36 points and grabbed 26 boards on March 21, 2004 against the Milwaukee Bucks. Gasol also went 14-14 from the free throw line, the first Laker other than Kobe Bryant to do that since Magic Johnson went 15-15 against the Miami Heat during the 1995-96 season.
Elsewhere in the NBA
• Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard was 12-for-15 from the floor against the Washington Wizards, the second time in as many games he’s shot at least 80 percent from the floor. On Sunday he was 13-of-16 (81.3 percent) against the Los Angeles Lakers.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only two other players in the last 21 seasons have shot at least 80 percent from the floor in back-to-back games (minimum 15 FGA each game): David Robinson in 1997-98, and Mitch Richmond in 1990-91.
• Dwyane Wade continued his inside dominance against the Toronto Raptors. Eight of his 10 field goals Wednesday were within five feet of the basket.
In two games against Toronto, Wade has 17 field goals within five feet, significantly higher than his production in that area against other teams.
• Kevin Love’s double-double streak is at 42 straight games, two shy of the second-longest single-season streak since the merger (1976-77). Wednesday, Love had 18 points and 18 rebounds against the Clippers, the third time during the streak that he’s had matching point and rebound totals.
Also in that game, Blake Griffin did not have a double-double (29 points, 8 rebounds). In 13 of Griffin’s last 16 games he’s had a double-double, but two of the three games he did not were against the Timberwolves.