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James records 59th career triple-double, starters fill the stat sheet in Cavs’ 121-112 win over Lakers; Three takeaways

CLEVELAND – Throughout arguably their hottest stretch in franchise history, the Cleveland Cavaliers have found a way to effectively fill the void left by injured players, locking up 15 victories in a prosperous span of 33 days.

The familiar formula took a turn on Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

Despite only 32 points from the bench – normally the x-factor for a deep, 10- to even 11-man rotation – Cleveland pulled out a 121-112 win over the Lakers courtesy of 89 points from its starting unit, including a team-high 28 points from Kevin Love and season-high 17 points from Jose Calderon.

LeBron James tied Larry Bird for sixth on the all-time triple-double list, tallying 25 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists for his 59th career triple-double.

Here are three takeaways from the Cavs’ 16th win in their last 17 contests…

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John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (

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