Cavs Vs Lakers: Best Twitter Reaction as Cleveland Pulls Off Shock Win

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Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the second half of a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center on January 13 in Los Angeles, California. The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 101-95. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

There was no love lost between LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers as his former team beat the Los Angeles Lakers on the road on Sunday night.

With the three-time NBA champion still unavailable because of a groin injury, the Cavaliers won 101-95 at the Staples Center, clinching only their fourth win on the road this season and snapping a 12-game losing streak.

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The Lakers, meanwhile, are now 3-7 since LeBron got injured in the win against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day.

With the loss, the 16-time NBA champion slipped to 23-21, barely clinging onto the eight playoff spot in the Western Conference, ahead of the Utah Jazz and the Sacramento Kings, who are 23-21 and 22-21 respectively.

Even without LeBron, the Lakers were expected to coast past the Cavs, who remain the only team in the entire league with a single-digit figure in their win column. Instead, Cleveland sprung a major surprise, prompting a cascade of memes on Twitter, most of which made fun of the Lakers and wondered whether LeBron already regrets his decision to move to southern California last July.

Lakers lose to the 8-35 Cavs. Again, front office can’t be happy about that. Trade deadline Feb. 7th ✌🏽 pic.twitter.com/sqvzG2bnht

— NBALakersReport (@NBALakersReport) January 14, 2019

Bron watching the Cavs dismantle the Lakers at home pic.twitter.com/h0EelBLSF1

— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) January 14, 2019

On Christmas Day after defeating the Warriors,LeBron left the Lakers with 20 Wins and 14 Losses and 4th in the West...tonight they Lost to the previously 8 win Cavs who are the worst team in the league. When LeBron comes back the Lakers may have more losses than wins... pic.twitter.com/kaxMsUUvHC

— KestonWilliams (@Kes_K) January 14, 2019

Lakers GM Rob Pelinka looks like he has a lot on his mind following the loss to the Cavs. https://t.co/GfdhOQGHya

— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) January 14, 2019

LeBron definitely drinking wine that costs as much as a courtside seat out of a thermos on the bench watching the Lakers lose to the Cavs pic.twitter.com/CfBO3PTT7Y

— Sean Highkin (@highkin) January 14, 2019

LeBron right now after the Lakers lost to the Cavs 😂#Cavs #Lakers pic.twitter.com/Tig05N4D16

— NBA Memes (@NBAMemes) January 14, 2019

Cedi Osman and Collin Sexton combined for 37 points for the Cavs, while Tristan Thompson finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds and Alec Burks chipped with a double-double of his own, recording 17 points and 13 rebounds.

For the Lakers, Kyle Kuzma had 29 points and nine rebounds, while Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball combined for 35 points.

Their effort wasn't enough to prevent a second consecutive defeat and a fifth loss in the last seven, which piled pressure on Luke Walton.

"I believe in this group and I believe that this group will play better and we'll start winning games," the Lakers head coach was quoted as saying by ESPN after the game.

Walton, however, has his work cut out. The Cavs had not conceded less than 110 points since before Christmas, but the Lakers couldn't take advantage, converting a dismal 20.6 percent of shots from beyond the arc and shooting 59.3 percent from the free throw line.

If the Lakers were poor offensively, they also struggled at the other end of the court, where they conceded at least 30 points in the first quarter for the fifth time in the last six games. Walton lamented his team's defensive effort and suggested he could make changes to the line-up.

"By the end of games we're doing a nice job of stabilizing our defense and getting the stops we need, but we can't just keep giving up 30 points to start the games," he told The Associated Press.