Cavs hold off Ball and the Lakers

16 December 2017 04:12:08 GMTPlus11

Lonzo Ball may have the media's eye currently, but LeBron James continues to prove he is at the top of the food chain when it comes to the NBA.

Tuesday LeBron's Cleveland Cavaliers outlasted the young Ball-led Los Angeles Lakers 121-112 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Northeast Ohio.

Leading the way for the Cavs was James, as the 32-year-old former Most Valuable Player from Akron, Ohio scored 25 points, while grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out 12 assists for a triple-double.

The overall performance was James' 59th triple-double of his career to give Cleveland a three-game winning streak, with the hosts winning nine of their last ten games.

The Cavaliers have relied heavily on the shot from beyond the three-point line and Cleveland has now made at least 10 three-pointers in a franchise record 18 straight games.

Los Angeles got a strong performance from two of their young stars, as 20-year-old Brandon Ingram had a team high 26 points, while grabbing six rebounds and passing out six assists for the game.

Ball was also solid in his first showing against James and company, as the 20-year-old from Anaheim, California finished just short of a triple-double by scoring 13 points, while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out 11 assists for a double-double.

With a 2-2 record on their four-game road swing, Los Angeles heads home to host the red-hot Golden State Warriors on Monday, while the Cavs will welcome the Utah Jazz on Saturday to conclude their own home stand.

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are 1.83 to win the Eastern Conference title and are 7.50 to claim the NBA Championship.

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