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Anti-game of the night: Lakers beat Cavaliers by 55 points

Jan 12, 2011, 1:43 AM EDT

Kobe Bryant, Samardo Samuels, Andrew Bynum

So, what happens when the defending two-time champions play the worst team in basketball when the champions are at home and the worst team in basketball has suffered major injuries? One of the worst beatdowns in recent memory.

From the opening tip, the Cavaliers never had a chance against the Lakers. Los Angeles started the game off by hitting three straight wide-open threes, and it was all downhill from there for the Cavaliers. Without Anderson Varejao, the Cavs don’t anything approaching an adequate front line, let alone one that can keep up with Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. The Laker big men did whatever they wanted against the Cavaliers, calmly picking apart the Cavs’ interior D with strong post moves, sharp interior passing, and easy offensive rebounds against the helpless Cavalier bigs.At one point, the Lakers were leading by 40 points, and Kobe had only scored three of them.

Offensively, the Cavaliers had even less success — they had nobody who could get into the teeth of the Laker defense, make shots from outside, or score in the paint, and the offense often relied on Samardo Samuels trying to post up Bynum or Gasol or Manny Harris trying to shoot over Kobe Bryant. Neither of those options worked very well.

The Lakers outscored the Cavaliers 57-26 in the first half, and the crowd didn’t even appear to be enjoying it that much — the Lakers’ destruction of the Cavaliers felt more like a team doing its solemn duty than a team handily winning an athletic competition. Phil Jackson summed everything up perfectly after the game when he said “Sadly, our size was a dominant factor in that ball game,” — the Lakers didn’t so much win the game as they did empirically prove the Cavs had no business playing in it. After the game, Byron Scott said that he was “embarrassed” by his team’s performance and that the team played “scared” against the defending champs, and nobody was disagreeing with him. In a season of embarrassments and failures, highlighted by a month-and-a-half stretch with one win, the Cavaliers may have hit rock bottom in Los Angeles.


  1. progress2011 - Jan 12, 2011 at 3:26 AM

    What comments does Dan Brown ( owner of the Cavs ) have now ! This is essentially the same group of SCRUBS he surrounded LBJ with and expected miracles every night. Danny-BOY was simply pissed because LBJ was his cash flow ….well LBJ was really the cash flow for all of Cleveland ! There is NOTHING else there !
    Karma is a beesh……Danny-BOY wished LBJ the worst fate, instead he is experiencing a slow, miserable, humiliating fate…….that proves to the world, LBJ was right to leave a broke city and a team that can’t beat a WNBA team, without LBJ.

    Lastly, I even appreciate how LBJ left, especially since it raised over a Million dollars for the Boys and Girls club of America !

    • cordae - Jan 12, 2011 at 6:59 PM

      ummmmm…..I think his name is Dan GILBERT……i think =/…but hey partner im right there with ya!

  2. hnirobert3 - Jan 12, 2011 at 7:44 AM

    I do feel bad for Cleveland’s fans, but Dan Gilbert is at fault here. Let’s revisit his letter.

    As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.

    This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his “decision” unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.

    Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.


    You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.

    You have given so much and deserve so much more.

    In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:


    You can take it to the bank.

    If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our “motivation” to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.


    The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south. And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.


    I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only:

    DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue….

  3. secdominance - Jan 12, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    I’ll come back later when someone finds away to blame Lebron for this…its inevitable

  4. secdominance - Jan 12, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Several people in Los Angeles witnessed a crime last night. The police would like to question the Lakers as to their involvement in the crime.

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