LOS ANGELES -- Luol Deng scored 27 points, including a 5-for-5 night shooting three-pointers, and Anderson Varejao had 18 points, 18 rebounds and 6 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers recovered from a humiliating loss in their last game to escape Staples Center with a 120-118 victory against the injury-ravaged Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
The Cavaliers have won three of their last four games and have doubled their season total of road victories after the first three stops on this trip, but this one wasn't easy despite the Lakers playing with only nine healthy bodies.
The Cavaliers surrendered 40 points in the second quarter, but Varejao had eight rebounds and Deng made three 3-pointers in the third quarter as the Cavs scored 15 of the first 19 points of the third quarter to take command.
Three free throws from Nick Young pulled the Lakers within 118-116 with 25 seconds left, but Young missed a 3-pointer that could've tied the game in the final seconds. Tristan Thompson grabbed the rebound and split a pair of free throws to seal the win.
The Cavs lost by 44 at the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, but are 2-1 on this trip entering Wednesday's game at the Portland Trail Blazers. They had won two road games all season prior to this trip.
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