LeBron James free agency: Cavs star impressed by young Lakers


The Los Angeles Lakers picked up a 127-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers last night and Isaiah Thomas had exactly the kind of game that a player hopes to have against a team that recently traded him away. In fact, Julius practically outproduced this previous two performances-during which he combined for 30 points, 17 rebounds, seven assists and one steal-with his monstrous performance opposite LeBron James and company.

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 ideal 10-of-11 shooting from the field with 13 points coming in the final period.

After his Cleveland Cavaliers suffered a 127-113 blow out loss in Los Angeles on Sunday (Monday AEDT), James showered praise on Luke Walton's team, giving further hope to aspirant Lakers fans ahead of July's National Basketball Association free agency period. A review confirmed the call. The top name on that list is likely to be James, who has a player option for next year. "I took it as another game and I just wanted to win and we did a helluva job as a team, beating that really good team over there". The Rockets finished 17-for-45 from deep.

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

Chris Paul scored 24 points in the win and had 12 assists while Dwight Powell had 20 for Dallas.

Denver led by as many as 36 points while staying in the thick of the playoff chase.

Hawks forward Taurean Prince scored 38 points (seven of 13 from three-point range) and added seven assists and six boards in a 129-122 loss to the Bulls.

Bobby Portis also had 21 points for Chicago. Davis had 25 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocks in his return from a sprained left ankle that sidelined him for one game, but he had to spend the rest of his 25th birthday ruing New Orleans' second straight loss.

The score was tied in the third quarter when the Lakers went on a 22-3 run.

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) drives past Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.