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Lakers leave an impression on LeBron in punishing rout over Cavaliers

13 March 2018

In the final meeting against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the regular season, the Los Angeles Lakers showed that they were more than up for the challenge on Sunday night rolling to a 127-113 win. As the Cavaliers called timeout while down 115-94, James palmed the ball and motioned as if he wanted to throw it in frustration before cocking back.

Despite it being a back-and-forth affair in the first two quarters, Los Angeles took control of the game in the second half with Randle being the leading offensive force scoring 23 points on a almost flawless 10-of-11 shooting from the field with 13 points coming in the final period.

Boston led by 10 at halftime before point guard Kyrie Irving left the game with a sore left knee, joining absent big man Al Horford, who was home sick, and Jaylen Brown, who is in the concussion protocol. But against the team that traded him as if he were damaged goods, Thomas flourished. "It's tough. I know we've got a lot of young guys playing and different lineups, but we've still got to play better".

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The loss to the Lakers dropped Cleveland to the No. 4 seed in the East with 16 games left to play.

Nuggets 130, Kings 104: Nikola Jokic had 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his seventh triple-double of the season, Gary Harris added 21 points and host Denver routed Sacramento. The Lakers' entire season has been created to prove their young core would fit splendidly around James, Paul George or DeMarcus Cousins - or failing that, the top free agents in the class of 2019.

Randle, who had been slowed by an illness in the previous two games, had a career-high 36 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. The Lakers would have to do some serious maneuvering to re-sign Randle while adding two max free agents, but it's possible. "They know what I can do".

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"Yeah, they stopped by [the locker room] on their way in - uninvited", Lakers coach Luke Walton deadpanned before the game. It will be fun.

Since being traded to the Lakers, Thomas has played better than he did with the Cavaliers, as it looks like he is getting healthier.

But James got an up-close look at Randle, who drew a one-on-one defensive matchup with James while the Lakers made their second-half surge.

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Lakers leave an impression on LeBron in punishing rout over Cavaliers