Lonzo Ball shoots just 2-for-11 Sunday as Lakers beat Cavaliers

Isaiah Thomas

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.

Being traded away from any team often has a tendency to increase the motivations of the player dealt, which is apparently what happened with former Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas on Sunday night.

With the win, the Lakers have now gone 7-2 after the All-Star break.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, left, and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. battle for the rebound.

The NBA star pretended to pass the ball to Kyle Korver on his left which led to two Los Angeles Lakers going to close down the expected move.

Brook Lopez scored 22 points for the Lakers, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 20. But James didn't have much help and he displayed some frustration after he had a pass deflected by former teammate Isaiah Thomas for a turnover that later resulted in a Julius Randle dunk for the Lakers. But LeBron James still is a wizard with the basketball. "The focus should be about our team trying to beat their team and doing it on national TV". I only played 15 games with them, so it's really not about showing them what I can do.

LeBron James led the Cavs with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists.

The Lakers did have a lot of fun on Sunday night at James' expense.

However, he then passed the ball to an open Ante Zizic who proceeded to pull away and score. Fourth-year forward Julius Randle is enjoying the most productive phase of his career, averaging a tally of 22.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists in the month of March. When a player like James notices that the franchise is getting better, that is certainly a good sign for the Lakers.

Though the Spurs are just 5-4 this season when the forward plays, his presence gives them a singular talent to lean on that is otherwise missing from the lineup.

The Cavs were no match for Randle, who produced one of the most impressive games of his career. But James is unlikely to join a team that can't immediately contend for championships with his addition. Randle may not be able to stretch the defense with his shooting, but he's proven to be more than capable to checking a lot of boxes with his dynamic style of play using his size and speed that has caused a lot of problems for opposing teams this season.

But with games like that, it's a natural byproduct of their success.

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