NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers lose 2 straight games for 1st time this season as Los Angeles Clippers snap 3-game skid

Milwaukee Bucks' forward Jabari Parker (centre) tries to shoot between Cleveland Cavaliers' forward Kevin Love (left) and Cleveland Cavaliers' center Tristan Thompson (right) in the first half of their NBA game on Nov 29, 2016.
Milwaukee Bucks' forward Jabari Parker (centre) tries to shoot between Cleveland Cavaliers' forward Kevin Love (left) and Cleveland Cavaliers' center Tristan Thompson (right) in the first half of their NBA game on Nov 29, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The Los Angeles Clippers snapped a three-game National Basketball Association skid in impressive style on Thursday, humbling the reigning champions Cavaliers 113-94 in Cleveland.

LeBron James and the Cavaliers endured their second straight defeat on the heels of an upset loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.

It's the first time this season the 13-4 Cavaliers have lost two straight games.

The Clippers held an eight-point lead over the lackluster champs at half-time and opened the third quarter with a 13-2 scoring run to seize control.

J.J. Redick scored 23 points and Blake Griffin scored 13 and matched his career high with 11 assists for the Clippers, who were coming off an embarrassing double-overtime loss in Brooklyn.

"I thought it was a team win because I thought every single guy had a contribution," said Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who blasted his team's complacency in a recent loss to the Nets. That was never going to happen against the Cavaliers, he added.

"The reason was we respected them," he said. "They're the Cleveland Cavaliers. They get your attention."

DeAndre Jordan pulled down 15 rebounds and the Clippers as a team passed for a season-high 33 assists.

Kyrie Irving scored 28 points and James added 16 for the Cavs, but Cleveland were held to 40.6 per cent shooting and made 18 turnovers leading to 21 Clippers points while producing just 12 assists as a team.