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Luol Deng scores 27 points, leads Cleveland to rare road win, 120-118 over woeful Lakers

  • Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao, left, of Brazil, puts up a shot as Los Angeles Lakers center Jordan Hill defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao, left, of Brazil, puts up a shot as Los Angeles Lakers center Jordan Hill defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward Luol Deng puts up a shot as Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward Luol Deng puts up a shot as Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Jodie Meeks, left, puts up a shot as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jarrett Jack defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Jodie Meeks, left, puts up a shot as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jarrett Jack defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

Luol Deng hit five 3-pointers while scoring 27 points, Anderson Varejao added 18 points and 18 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the spiraling Los Angeles Lakers 120-118 Tuesday night.

Dion Waiters scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers improved to 4-16 on the road. They also won for coach Mike Brown in his return to Staples Center to face the Lakers, who fired him early last season.

Jodie Meeks hit six 3-pointers while scoring a season-high 26 points in injury-plagued Los Angeles' fifth straight defeat. Nick Young scored 28 points, but the Lakers have lost 11 of 12 heading into a punishing seven-game road trip.