Star trio back to carry the load for Cavaliers

Sports | 21 Mar 2017

Most of the basketball world booed when the Cleveland Cavaliers rested their three best players in a blowout loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. It turns out the Big Three needed every bit of that conserved energy one day later to hold off the lowly LA Lakers.

Kyrie Irving scored 46 points and LeBron James added 34 as the NBA champions rallied from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to edge the Lakers, 125-120.

Kevin Love had 21 points and 15 rebounds as the Cavaliers clinched a playoff spot. With a 43-point fourth quarter, Cleveland made sure the Lakers didn't put a dent on their hopes of securing the top overall seed in the East.

"We were out of sync a little bit," James said. "We just had to figure out a way to weather the storm."

D'Angelo Russell led the Lakers with a career-high 40 points.


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