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West coast blues continue for Cavaliers in 127-113 loss to Lakers; Three Takeaways

CLEVELAND – One of the hottest teams in the NBA took aim at a shorthanded lineup on Sunday evening.

The Lakers won for the seventh time in their last nine games with a 127-113 victory over the Cavaliers at Staples Center on national television. Cleveland entered play with a seven-game winning streak in the all-time matchup, but head coach Luke Walton and company had other plans.

LeBron James was his normal self with 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, while Ante Zizic posted a career-high 15 points in the losing effort. Jeff Green, JR Smith and Jordan Clarkson combined to shoot 4-of-23 (17.4 percent) amidst a grueling, six-game road trip.

Here are three takeaways from another head-scratching defeat in LA…

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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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