The Los Angeles Lakers have finally figured out how to win without star pair LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
The Lakers rallied in the second half to snap a four-game losing streak and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-86, with Montrezl Harrell managing 24 points and 10 rebounds.
It was the Lakers’ first win since James and Davis have been injured and out of the lineup.
James has missed four games after spraining his right ankle on March 20 against Atlanta, while Davis has not played since mid-February due to a right calf strain.
“I don’t think we felt tension. We were more disappointed about falling behind early,” said Harrell, who has three double-doubles in the last five games.
“We have to play next man up. We can’t look forward to 2-3 weeks or whenever they come back.
“We’re not just looking to hold on or keep our head above water. We’re looking to get wins.”
Los Angeles trailed 51-44 at halftime before seizing control in the third quarter, scoring 19 of the first 21 points. Harrell and Dennis Schroder scored five points apiece during the run.
Larry Nance Jr. had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Cleveland.
In Salt Lake City, Joe Ingles’ Utah Jazz recorded their 18th straight home victory with a 117-114 win over the Memphis Grizzlies to consolidate their place at the head of the Western Conference’s Northwest Division.
Elsewhere, the Brooklyn Nets beat the Detroit Pistons 113-111, while Boston snapped Milwaukee’s eight-game winning streak 122-114.
Aron Baynes scored six points for the Raptors as they slipped to a 104-100 defeat at the hands of the Phoenix Suns, the Nuggets beat the Pelicans 113-108 and the Orlando Magic lost for the 12th time in 14, going down 112-105 to the Trail Blazers.
John Collins scored a career-high 38 points as the Atlanta Hawks beat Golden State 124-108, the Timberwolves overcame the Houston Rockets 107-101, Charlotte Hornets won 110-105 to hand Miami Heat a sixth straight loss and the Indiana Pacers beat the Dallas Mavericks 109-94.