Luol Deng endears himself to Cavs fans with big game

Luol Deng endears himself to Cavs fans with big game
January 15, 2014, 8:45 am
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Tony Andracki

Bulls fans are well aware of the value Luol Deng brings to a basketball team.

Tuesday night, the Cavaliers found out firsthand.

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The veteran swingman scored 27 points to lead Cleveland over the Los Angeles Lakers 120-118 Tuesday in L.A.

Deng shot 9-of-15 from the floor -- including 5-of-5 from 3-point range -- and racked up five rebounds, four assists and a steal in 38 minutes.

The scoring output was more than Deng had achieved in his first two games with the Cavs, scoring just 22 points on 9-of-19 shooting in 45 minutes last week.

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The win pushed the Cavaliers' record to 14-24, still 2.5 games out of a playoff spot and four games behind the Bulls, who hold the six seed.