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Lakers vs Cavaliers Final: 97-92 - Recap

Kobe Bryant poured in 42 points for Los Angeles on Friday, as they defeated Cleveland 97-92 at STAPLES Center.

Los Angeles won on the scoreboard, but lost at the pay window as they failed to cover the 11-point spread. The game went OVER the consensus closing total of 188.5.

Los Angeles got 19 points from Pau Gasol and another 15 points from Matt Barnes. Derek Fisher contributed 10 assists, while Andrew Bynum cleaned the glass with 11 rebounds.

Cleveland got 21 points from Kyrie Irving in a losing cause and another 12 points from Ramon Sessions. Anthony Parker contributed 5 assists for the Cavaliers, while Anderson Varejao had 14 rebounds.

First-half bettors who backed Los Angeles were victorious, as the score was 59-41 at the break.

The rebound battle favored Cleveland as they grabbed 44 boards, while Los Angeles only had 36.

Los Angeles heads into a battle against the Clippers. Cleveland, meanwhile, will have their next action against Charlotte.