LeBron scores 16 in fourth as Cavs outlast Lakers 119-108

Kevin Love had 27 points and a season-high 17 rebounds

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love (0) smiles as he is helped up off the floor by teammates Kyrie Irving (2), J.R. Smith (5) and Tristan Thompson, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love (0) smiles as he is helped up off the floor by teammates Kyrie Irving (2), J.R. Smith (5) and Tristan Thompson, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

CLEVELAND (AP) – LeBron James scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, Kyrie Irving matched a career high with 12 assists and the refreshed Cleveland Cavaliers finally put away Los Angeles in the fourth quarter, beating the young Lakers 119-108 on Saturday night.

Kevin Love had 27 points and a season-high 17 rebounds, leading the Cavs to their sixth win in seven games.

The Cavs were back at full strength after coach Tyronn Lue left James, Love and Irving behind earlier this week for a game in Memphis, a decision that sparked some criticism as fans were denied a chance to see the three stars and Cleveland lost.

Irving looked more like himself in his first game in a week, adding 21 points as the Cavs improved to 19-6.

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