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NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Cleveland



(Saturday, December 7th)

Final Score: Cleveland 88, Los Angeles 82

Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Tristan Thompson recorded his 10th double- double of the season with 20 points and 13 rebounds to help lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 88-82 win over the Los Angeles Clippers from Quicken Loans Arena.

Kyrie Irving also scored 20 with six assists, while Andrew Bynum deposited 18 points with six boards for the Cavs, who have won three of their last four.

Los Angeles had trouble putting the ball in the hoop all night as the Clippers shot 28-of-87 (32.2 percent) from the field.

Jamal Crawford paced all Clippers with 19 points on 5-of-18 shooting, while Chris Paul added 13 points and 15 helpers.

DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin each posted a double-double as Jordan netted 12 points with 13 rebounds, while Griffin finished with 10 points to go along with 10 boards.

"I thought it was a good physical game," said Cleveland head coach Mike Brown. "I thought our guys brought their hard hats tonight."

Offense was at a premium in the early going of the second half for both teams as Cleveland came out of the break on an 8-2 run in the first 5:40 of the stanza. Bynum opened the quarter with a hook shot and closed the run with a dunk off a nice feed from Thompson.

Los Angeles' only bucket came via a long two-point jumper from Willie Green 3:04 into the quarter.

The next bucket for the Clippers came almost six minutes later as Jordan converted an alley-oop. Paul then buried a 3 with 2:37 to go in the third to cut the deficit to 60-57.

The Clippers would retake the lead late after back-to-back treys from Darren Collison and Crawford.

Crawford's 3 came with 1.9 seconds left on the clock, but that was plenty of time for Jarrett Jack to have the final say. Jack quickly rushed the ball up the far sideline and heaved a shot from halfcourt that hit nothing but net to give the Cavs a 67-66 lead heading to the fourth.

The Los Angeles offense continued to sputter early on in the final frame.

Cleveland outscored the Clippers 9-2 in the opening 4:41 as Los Angeles started 1-for-9 from the field.

Collison and Crawford scored back-to-back layups midway through the quarter to pull the visitors within four, 76-72. The Cavs responded with an 8-1 run capped by a Waiters layup to take an 11-point advantage with 4:25 to play.

Late in the fourth, coming out of a timeout, Griffin whipped a pass baseline to the near corner and Crawford nailed a triple to make it an 85-82 deficit with 26.8 seconds left.

Waiters went to the line and split a pair, but followed his miss on the second attempt and corralled the offensive rebound which sealed it for Cleveland.

"We didn't move the ball," said Los Angeles head coach Doc Rivers. "Give them credit, I thought they trapped Chris (Paul) aggressively on all the pick-and- rolls, they showed pretty well."

Cleveland led 29-23 after one quarter of play and brought a slim 50-49 advantage into the locker room at half.

Game Notes

Cleveland has now won 11-of-12 against Los Angeles at Quicken Loans Arena ... LA shot 7-for-35 (20 percent) from beyond the arc ... The Cavs beat up the Clips in the paint, outscoring the visitors 42-32 ... LA outscored Cleveland 20-7 on the fastbreak ... The Clippers continue their road trip on Monday in Philadelphia ... Cleveland hosts New York on Tuesday.

12/08 01:28:59 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
2nd
ORL 24
CHA 30
 
Final
PHI 2
UTA 6
 
Final
CHI 86
LAC 96
Final
HOU 105
CLE 103
 
2nd
ORL 24
CHA 30
 
2nd
BOS 45
GSW 28
 
1st
IND 23
PHI 20
 
2nd
SAC 23
POR 34
 
6:30pm Tonight
LAL
OKC
8:00pm Tonight
DEN
NOP
Final
NIAG 57
FAIR 56
 
Final
PETE 68
IONA 60
 
Final
RIDE 59
MAR 49
 
Final
MAN 69
QUIN 65
 
Final
UCONN 81
SMU 73
Final
CAL 73
ORST 56
Final
HOU 72
SFLA 55
Final
PROV 77
MARQ 66
Final
WISC 68
MSU 61
Final
MON 63
SIENA 57
 
1st
WAKE 13
PITT 7
 
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STAN
OREG
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OSU
PURD
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COL
ARST
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UCLA
WASU
3rd
WIN 5
LOS 2
 
2nd
PIT 3
CLB 1
 
2nd
FLA 3
TAM 1
 
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WAS
TOR
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DAL
ANA
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VAN
STL