After Controversial Rest, The Cavs Big 3 Score 101 Points In Comeback Victory Vs The Lakers
After taking a controversial vacation day against the Clippers, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love returned to action to take on the last-place Lakers on easy Sunday. The result was a 125-120 scare that took a 43-point fourth quarter and a Big 3 record of 101 total points from James (34), Irving (46) and Love (21) to pull a comeback victory.
“We were out of sync a little bit, but they shot the ball extremely well,” said James after the win. “We just had to figure out a way to weather the storm. … They played well. They don’t look like a team that’s won only 20 games.”
The Lakers had a 11-point lead in the fourth quarter.
LEBRON ON RESTING
“I don’t think the NBA can do anything about it,” said James, who unfairly took the majority of the criticism from fans for sitting out the previous game. “At the end of the day, it sucks at times where certain guys have to rest, but certain guys need rest.
“And it’s a long, strenuous season and the NBA does a great job of putting the schedule together as best as they can. You’re going to have back-to-backs. You’re going to have certain games where certain things fall on certain nights, but a coach’s job is to figure out a way for their team to compete for a championship, not compete for a game.”
“Obviously it sucks at times because certain games you only play in certain cities once, or you play certain teams once on their home floor, but for me personally, I want to play in every game,” added James. “I wanted to play last night but my coach felt like it was best that I didn’t play last night, so I’m going to go with my coach and he’s never steered me wrong.”