Mitchell's 43 points leads the Cavs past Lakers to win 116 -102
Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 116-102 thanks to a season-high 43 points from Mitchell and 24 from Jarrett Allen, who had returned from injury.
The Cavaliers improved to an NBA-leading 11-1 on their home court, their best start since 2015–16, when James led them to a championship, with Anthony Davis missing the final three quarters due to sickness.
Mitchell took over in the second half and scored 29 points in a performance akin to those James regularly turned in over his 11 seasons with the Cavaliers, giving Cleveland fans hope for another championship run.
With Cleveland leading by 12 in the fourth, Mitchell buried a 3-pointer from the left wing to finish the Lakers. After dropping the shot, the All-Star guard strutted around the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse floor nodding his head as James helplessly watched.
James lost for just the third time in 20 games versus the Cavaliers, finishing with 21 points and 17 rebounds.
Los Angeles' four-game winning streak came to an end.Dennis Schroder and Russell Westbrook added 16 points each.
After eight minutes, Davis left the room due to flu-like symptoms. The eight-time All-Star was playing better than he had in past seasons after being hampered by ailments. He had scored 99 points in his previous two games.
Before leaving, Davis only managed to score one point and failed to try a field goal.
Lakers: Continue six-game trip in Toronto on Wednesday.
Cavaliers: Host Sacramento on Friday.