From Kevin Ding, OC Register: The Lakers might still owe LeBron James a little something, but they delivered historic payback against James’ old team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, on Tuesday night. The Lakers won, 112-57, victorious by at least 50 points for only the third time in franchise history and shattering a Lakers record for fewest points allowed. The former low was 66 points by the Charlotte Hornets in 2002 — a season in which the Lakers won their third consecutive NBA championship, as they are seeking now. Cleveland’s 57 points were the fewest by any team in the NBA in the past three seasons.
From Mark Medina, LA Times: Reaching out his hand, Lakers forward Lamar Odom politely grabbed from a reporter a box score of the team’s 112-57 victory Tuesday over the Cleveland Cavaliers and scanned the sheet. His eyes darted up and down the page, poring over numbers that revealed the Lakers’ (28-11) complete dominance over the Cavaliers (8-30) in what marked their fifth consecutive victory. It showed L.A. setting a franchise record for points allowed to an opponent since limiting Charlotte to 66 on March 12, 2002 and established the team’s third-largest margin of victory behind a 56-point win over Detroit on Nov. 12, 1966 and a 63-point victory over Golden State on March 19, 1972.
From Brian Kamenetzky, Land O’ Lakers: Not since the lake burned (or Earnest Byner fumbled, or LeBron decided to dabble in television programming, or other things I’m probably forgetting) has Cleveland been eviscerated like they were Tuesday night. The Lakers set a post-shot clock record for fewest points allowed, notching the third-most lopsided victory in team history, beating the Cavs (or dudes in Cavs jerseys, at least) 112-57. To put this in perspective, we’re talking about over 4,930 games, and only twice have the Lakers won by a bigger margin, the record being a 162-99 win over Golden State in March of 1972. It was, plain and simple, a beat down of fairly epic proportions, fueled by a defense holding the Cavs to 30 percent shooting (29.9 to be exact).
From Brian Kamenetzky, Land O’ Lakers: The Cavs don’t have good players. Those good players, even by their standards, still missed a lot of looks, but I don’t care what’s happening, holding a team to 57 points and 29.9 shooting has to mean they’re doing something right. Perhaps the most impressive thing about the defense: only seven offensive rebounds allowed in the first half (off 28 misses), despite a huge lead (when players frequently lose focus) against a Cavs team that’s actually pretty good on the offensive boards. Nor did the Lakers turn the ball over — only six in the first half, and 12 overall (five coming in the fourth, when the game was, to say the least, decided). If they didn’t do Cleveland’s work for them, it seemed nearly impossible for the Cavs to score enough to keep up. The Lakers didn’t, and the Cavs- and this could be considered more than a mild understatement- didn’t.
From Dexter Fishmore, Silver Screen and Roll: There’s nothing left of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Once there was a basketball team, but now there’s just a garnet and gold smear across Figueroa Street, where tonight the Lakers ran them over, backed up, ran them over again and then shoveled up their remains to use as fertilizer. History will record that the Lake Show defeated the Cavs this evening by the blood-curdling score of 112 to 57, which is the sort of result we’re accustomed to seeing only in women’s college hoops or in Olympic group play circa 1992, but numbers can’t adequately describe the humiliation administered by the champs in this one. This was the basketball equivalent of snuff porn, and I frankly feel a bit dirty for having watched it.
From Anna Gonda, The Lakers Nation: When Lebron James left for South Beach, he not only took his talents from the Cavaliers, he also robbed them blind of their spirit and pride. It’s incredible to think that just a season ago, this Cleveland team held the best record in the NBA and tonight, they could barely put the ball in the hoop to save their dignity. 12,13,16,16 – These were Cleveland’s point totals for each quarter. After the first 12 minutes, the Lakers led by 15 points. After one half, they led by 32. After the third, the lead had ballooned to 51 points. And by the final buzzer, it was a 55 point win for the home team. It had gotten so unbelievably ugly for the visiting team that the crowd at Staples Center began to cheer when the Cavs got their 29th point.