In what could very well be a preview of the 2010 NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers hosted the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. The Cavs were able to beat the Lakers to sweep both games of the season. This time, the final score of 93-87. On Christmas, the Cavs beat the Lakers in L.A. 102-87.
As could be expected, LeBron James led the way for the Cavs. He scored 37 points, dished out nine assists and pulled down five rebounds in 40 minutes of action. Shaquille O’Neal (13), J.J. Hickson (11) and Anderson Varejao (11) were the other Cavs in double-figures.
For the Lakers, Kobe Bryant had 31 points — but he needed 31 field goal attempts to rack up that many points. Pau Gasol also struggled, scoring 13 points on 5-for-13 shooting.
After the game, both teams are four games ahead of the competition in their respective conferences. If the injury bug doesn’t strike, the Cavs and the Lakers should both win more than 60 games and enter the 2010 playoffs with a number one seed. Come the Finals, don’t be surprised if these are the two teams left standing.