The L.A. Lakers dismembered the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night to the tune of a final score of 112-57. That's no typo, and that's why you'll understand that the "dismemberment" crack is not hyperbole. I believe J.J. Hickson lost an arm in the carnage.
The big story coming out of the game isn't the Lakers' awesome power or the Cavaliers' unbelievable ineptitude, but (what else?) LeBron James' feelings of glee at seeing the score. With the Lakers up by 50, James tweeted.
While I don't recall what Antawn Jamison ever did to deserve the walloping handed out by the Lakers, and while I'm pretty sure we're in a rubber-glue situation here, I'm going to nod to King James' gamesmanship and move on.
The Lakers had a really balanced attack, mostly because no one needed to play much or try particularly hard. Six Lakers scored 13 points, but none scored more than 15. Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher played under 25 minutes; L.A. outscored Cleveland by 46 points in those minutes. The lowest plus-minus for any L.A. starter was +41 (Ron Artest).
More crazy? More crazy. The Lakers had three quarters in which they outscored what Cleveland did in that given half. L.A. could have committed a 24-second violation on every possession in the second half and still ended up tied 57-57 at the end of regulation. The Lakers scored their 58th point 34 seconds into the third quarter; they could have missed their last 40 shots and still won.
I don't know if that's karma, but it's certainly a debacle.