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Cavaliers get the best of James-less Lakers to end 12-game losing streak

The high level of frustration the Lakers had been experiencing didn’t stop them from losing to a Cleveland Cavaliers team that entered Sunday night’s game at Staples Center with the worst record in the NBA at 8-35.

Asked about the level of frustration with his group, Walton couldn’t provide a number.

Even so, James won’t be back when the Lakers play Tuesday night against the Chicago Bulls, who are tied for the second-worst record in the NBA with the New York Knicks (10-33) and have lost seven consecutive games.

The Lakers’ schedule gets tougher after the Bulls game, with matchups against Oklahoma City and Houston.

“As a team, we need to be more engaged in the sense of have an effort,” said Kyle Kuzma, who had 29 points on 11-for-23 shooting from the field, including two of seven from three-point range.

The Lakers had lost to a Knicks team that was on an eight-game losing streak when it came here more than a week ago.

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