Game 56: Lakers at Cavs
at Quicken Loans Arena
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED: The two-time defending champion Lakers didn't look like a championship team on Wednesday. It was the Cavs that looked like the world beaters, even though they lost Mo Williams to an ankle injury in the first quarter.
Williams supposedly hurt his ankle slipping on a wet spot on the floor in the Clippers game on Sunday.
He didn't score and didn't have an assist.
But the Cavs still prevailed. Ramon Sessions came in and was outstanding with a game-high 32 points and eight assists.
He was almost impossible to prevent from getting to the basket. Certainly, Derek Fisher could do nothing to keep him from penetrating into the key.
Lakers forward/center Pau Gasol recorded the first 30/20 against the Cavs since Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal on April 18, 2001.
As far as I can tell, it was the first 30/20 game at The Q since former Cavs forward Carlos Boozer vs. Seattle on Jan. 20, 2004. He had 32 points and 20 rebounds.
SF Christian Eyenga (6-5, 210) vs. Ron Artest (6-7, 260)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Pau Gasol (7-0, 250)
C J.J. Hickson (6-9, 242) vs. Andrew Bynum (7-0, 285)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Kobe Bryant (6-6, 205)
PG Mo Williams (6-1, 195) vs. Derek Fisher (6-1, 210)
Cavs – C Anderson Varejao, F/C Leon Powe, G Manny Harris.
Lakers – G/F Matt Barnes, C Theo Ratliff.
Bill Kennedy, Kane Fitzgerald, Michael Smith