The 'Big 3' came back with a vengeance and the Los Angeles Lakers were the victims as the Cavaliers had a big fourth quarter comeback at the Staples Center to win 125-120. The Cavs improved to 46-23, while the Lakers drop to 20-50, worst record in the Western Conference. With the win, the Cavaliers officially clinched a playoff spot.
After sitting out Saturday night's loss to the Clippers, the 'Big 3' of Kyrie Irving (46), LeBron James (34) and Kevin Love (21) combined for 101 points. It was the most points the trio has scored since being together and the most by three Cavs together in franchise history.
"We're not going to change," Irving said. "We're going to keep grinding and playing."
Irving hit 71.4 percent of his shots, 15-of-21, including 6-of-10 from three-point range. Irving gave the Cavs their first lead in the second half with 4:09 to play as he hit a three-point shot for a 109-106 lead.
However, it took a big fourth quarter effort from the Cavs to get the win. After trailing by 10 points, 92-82 trail after three quarters, the Cavs outscored the Lakers in the final period, 43-28 for the win. In the first 10 minutes of the fourth quarter, the Cavs held Los Angeles to just 16 points.
Former Ohio State star D'Angelo Russell scored points to lead the Lakers with 40 points.
Some Breathing Room: The Cavs made up the game they lost in the standings by losing to the Clippers as the Celtics lost to the 76ers on Sunday. The Cavs have a 2.5 game lead over Boston (44-26) with 13 games left in the regular season.
Thompson Down: Tristan Thompson took an elbow to his mouth by Julius Randle and had to leave the game and did not return to the game, but did return to the bench. Thompson finished with four points and 10 rebounds.
Double-Double Love: In his second game back from knee injury, Kevin Love had 21 points and 15 rebounds.
No D: The Cavs gave up 59 points in the first half to the Lakers and trailed 59-55. They gave up 92 points through three quarters, but buckled down in the fourth quarter and held LA to just 16 points for most of the quarter.
Super Sub: Richard Jefferson had seven points, five rebounds and an assist in the fourth quarter to spur the Cavs comeback.
Kyrie's Streak: Kyrie Irving continued his streak of scoring 20 points or more as he extended it to 18 games. He scored 21 in the first half and finished with 46 points on 15-of-21 shooting (71.4 percent).
3 Ball: After shooting just 18 percent against the Clippers fro three-point range, the Cavs improved to 36.1 percent on 13-of-36 from three point range. Kyrie Irving led the charge with 6-of-10. LeBron James hit three, 3's as did Kevin Love.
Dishing It: The Cavs had 19 assists, led by LeBron James with seven.
Korver Misses Again: Kyle Korver sat out for the seventh-straight game with a sore foot.
No Mozgov: Former Cavs C Timofey Mozgov was a big free agent signing for the Lakers, but he has fallen out of the rotation for the Lakers.
Next Up: The Cavs continue their road trip to Denver where they'll take on the Nuggets Wednesday at 9 pm.