LeBron James returns and Lakers turn on defense in win over Cavaliers News

 

Lakers forward LeBron James drives to the basket in front of Cleveland Cavaliers forward Lauri Markkanen.
Lakers forward LeBron James, right, drives to the basket in front of Cleveland Cavaliers forward Lauri Markkanen during the first quarter Friday at Staples Center.
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Frank Vogel wants to build, and Friday, he got back his most prized material.

LeBron James returned to the lineup against Cleveland with the Lakers focused on how their defense can go from being one of the NBA’s worst back to one of the best.

The process won’t be easy, and without James, the blueprint is probably useless. But even with him, six games into this NBA season, it’s hard to view anything the Lakers are doing as more than conceptual.

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – LeBron James has once again bested his hometown team as the Lakers overcome the Cleveland Cavaliers, 113-101. After tonight’s game, LeBron is now 16-1 against his former team.

The cherry on top of the victory was a beautiful Dwight Howard three-pointer from 27-feet out, the 15th of his NBA career.

The Cavaliers had four score in the double digits, with Evan Mobley leading the way at 23 points. Lauri Markkanen added 17, Darius Garland had 18 points to go along with his 11 assists and Ricky Rubio scored 18 off the bench.

Following the loss, Cleveland is now 3-3 on the season.

The Lakers are are 3-3 on the year, having just returned home tonight from a 1-1 road trip which saw the team venture to San Antonio (win in overtime, 125-121) and Oklahoma (loss, 123-115). They have back-t0-back games against the Rockets coming up, with the first on Sunday night, followed by one more on Tuesday.

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