Currently on a five-game road trip, the Cavs remained on three straight wins before returning to Staples Center to challenge the Lakers this time. But, with the return to business of LeBron James (26 points, 8 assists), Cleveland saw his great series interrupted (113-101).

Behind Evan Mobley (23 points) beaming in attack and Ricky Rubio (18 points) still valuable off the bench, the Cavs resisted well, pushing the Lakers to tear themselves away until the last quarter. But the Lakers’ strike force will make the difference with the contribution of Carmelo Anthony (24 points in 25 minutes) and sober but effective games of Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis.

– The Lakers’ experience has spoken. Faced with one of the five youngest majors in the League, the Lakers spoke all their experience at the end of the game. Long at height, the Cavs cracked in the home stretch, while Los Angeles finished strong, on a 23-10. For more than three minutes, Cleveland searched for the basket in vain …

– LeBron James is logically rusty. After missing two games, LeBron James made his comeback last night against his former Cavs team. While he pulled off some incredible deeds worthy of his legend, “King James” overall showed he was still rusty, with 7 stray bullets and a very ugly 1/10 3-point shot. Still: his return was synonymous with victory.

– Evan Mobley is a future star. Served at the alley-oop or in the small perimeter for floaters while touching, the Cavs rookie had his best career game, in attack at least. But his immense potential was shined on the Staples Center stage. The following ? Getting stronger physically, especially after being moved several times by Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard in the painting.

✅ Evan Mobley. The Cavs rookie has impressed since the start of the season and, for his first Los Angeles appearance, he hasn’t disappointed either. The former USC felt right at home at Staples Center with his career best offensive game, 23 points to 10/16 on shots, plus 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

✅ Russell Westbrook. After eating the paper in Oklahoma City, with a “quadruple trouble”, the point guard has put his game in order against the Cavs. He played much more soberly to finish with 19 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and “only” 4 lost balls, all with a very good 8/13 on shots. Best for Russ who was visibly relaxed, crossing the center line dancing on a streak!

✅ Carmelo Anthony. As with Russell Westbrook, you need to have a strong heart to follow Carmelo Anthony’s performances at this point in his career. It’s a roller coaster ride. But, last night, Melo was in the right tempo with a performance of 24 points in 25 minutes, including a brilliant 6/8 from afar.

⛔ Collin Sexton. Raging in the dunk against Nicolas Batum recently, the “Young Bull” was transparent against the Lakers, 9 points in 9 shots and with as many assists (3) as stray balls (3). This is his first non-game of the season, his first under 10 points …

⛔ Kevin Love. The former All-Star, NBA champion and Olympic champion walked through the game like a ghost, with 4 points and 3 rebounds in 17 minutes. However, he came out of three great outings at 10 points or more (including a double-double) on the three wins in a row for the Cavs.

We are at the start of the third quarter and the Lakers are gaining momentum. Anthony Davis starts the action oddly, with a completely failed shot that bounces twice off the top of the board. DeAndre Jordan recovers the offensive rebound on the other end and serves LeBron James at the very end of possession. The King triggers the logo and makes a string. Los Angeles is finally back on the scoreboard.

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