Luol Deng hit five 3-pointers while scoring 27 points, Anderson Varejao added 18 points and 18 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the spiraling Los Angeles Lakers 120-118 Tuesday night.
Deng was a perfect 5 for 5 from the line and had five rebounds and four assists, his first big game since joining Cleveland in a trade with Chicago a week ago. He led the Cavs to their highest-scoring regulation performance of the season, as they hit 13 of 17 3-pointers and outrebounded Los Angeles 48-35.
Deng and Waiters put the Cavs ahead during a 12-0 rally early in the fourth quarter, but Young hit three free throws with 25.3 seconds to play, trimming the lead to two points. Tristan Thompson missed two of four free throws in the final 16 seconds, but Young missed two late 3-pointers.
Deng played 38 minutes and said in after the game;
“We talked at halftime about coming out with a lot of energy, and I thought we responded well,” Deng said. “Once we got the lead, they tried to get back in the game, and it was back and forth. But I thought we did a good job of keeping the lead and controlling the game at the end.”
“There’s a lot more optimism and a lot more talent now that Luol has been added to the mix,” said Kyrie Irving, who had 13 points. “He’s a great addition, and to get him on this road trip was big for us.”
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