Lakers leave impression on LeBron in punishing rout of Cavaliers

Tricia Pearson
March 13, 2018

He's now the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West.

Julius Randle scored a career-high 36 points, corralled 14 rebounds and had seven assists to key the Lakers (30-36), while center Brook Lopez added 22 points.

Starting center Larry Nance Jr. had 24 points and eight rebounds, and Jordan Clarkson added four points in their first game against the Lakers since they were traded for Thomas and Channing Frye on February 8.

However, on Sunday, he was overshadowed by Randle as well other Lakers. Thomas, who shared hugs with several of his former Cavs teammates including J.R. Smith at half court before the game, got a little revenge against the Cavs who traded him away after he played only 15 games for the them following his hip surgery.

James could leave Cleveland in free agency this summer and the Lakers are in with a good chance of signing the 14-time NBA All Star if they can prove they are capable of challenging for championships.

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Nikola Jokic's triple-double of 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists helped the Denver Nuggets beat the Sacramento Kings 130-104, while the Indiana Pacers edged the Boston Celtics 99-97 and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Brooklyn Nets 120-97.

In the second quarter of Sunday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James stunned all defenders with one of the smoothest no-look passes. By the halftime had arrived, the Lakers held a 65-60 lead, adding eight more assists to their total while drilling six 3-pointers. This includes notching a pair of double-doubles along with four games at least 20 points.

Following the game, head coach Luke Walton had a huge amount of praise toward the 23- year-old calling his play against the Cavaliers a "pretty special" outing.

To be fair to the Lakers, the dummy fooled most of those watching. Though James has also been linked to the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers, the aforementioned four teams are reportedly in his final shortlist.

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