The Los Angeles Lakers snapped a four-game losing streak by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center (100-86). One of the key aspects of the game was that the reigning NBA champions were able to have a strong third quarter after losing third quarters by big margins in the games that they lost. The Lakers won it by 18 points, conceding just 10.
After the game the Lakers head coach Frank Vogel talked about the importance of not letting the opponents to outperform his team during the third quarter. “We struggled a couple of third quarter the last couple games and the mindset was to make this one ours,” he said. “Okay this is the one where it’s going to be opposite. It’s going to be the Cavs struggling in the third quarter because we won’t have a better defensive disposition and we want to make sure that we don’t have what happened to us the last coupe of games in the third quarter happened.
“Our guys came out charged up, really played great defense, held them to 10 points in a quarter which is hard to do in this league and a big factor in the win.”
The win does not affect the standing for Los Angeles as they remain in the fourth place in the Western Conference.