Isaiah Thomas helps the Lakers crush the Cavs

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During last nights game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers, the Lakers had a pretty impressive game by beating out Lebron James 127 to 113.

James can opt out of his contract after this season, and his presence in Los Angeles inspired a Lakers fan to purchase four billboards in the city.

The No. 2 overall pick in 2016, Ingram is averaging 16.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists while starting all 57 games he has appeared in. Thomas embraced with several of his former teammates, including LeBron, prior to tip-off. If the four-time NBA MVP declares for free agency following this season, the Lakers are believed to be among the frontrunners for his services.

Scoring 24 points and making seven assists during his 31 minutes on court, James put on a show for "Money" as he watched on from his seat. That's what makes basketball fun is when the ball is moving, bodies are moving and hopping.

However, even James' efforts weren't enough in the crucial third quarter as the Lakers turned the game into a rout.

In Dallas, Eric Gordon scored 26 points and Chris Paul had 24 points and 12 assists as Houston, playing without James Harden, beat the Mavericks. However, there are others who believe the three-time champion will take his talents elsewhere (again). But James is unlikely to join a team that can't immediately contend for championships with his addition.

The Lakers' exciting performance against Cleveland underlined that notion, for whatever it's worth in James' mind. We're just kind of slugging it out.

The Lakers finished with five players in double figures, and used great ball movement to finish with 30 assists on the evening. "There's not much you can do".

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. The Raptors fell one point shy of their highest total of the season, set in a victory over Cleveland on January 11.

With Kevin Love still sidelined, Nance started at center against Brook Lopez. He faced Kyle Korver, stared him down and forced two Lakers defenders at Korver on the left wing.

JULIUS EARNING: The Cavs were no match for Randle as the bruising forward scored 23 points in the second half.

In Boston, Victor Oladipo scored 27 points, then committed a dead-ball offensive foul with 1.5 seconds left that gave the Celtics a shot to win at the buzzer, but the Pacers held on for the win.

"I'm 33, [LeBron James Jr.] is 13". "I'm not surprised, but it feels good".

Since being traded to the Lakers, Thomas has played better than he did with the Cavaliers, as it looks like he is getting healthier. I only played 15 games for them, so it's really not about showing them what I can do. "The world knows what I can do".

On the coaching front, the Phoenix Suns want former Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale to become their next head coach and replace interim boss Jay Triano, according to Mitch Lawrence of The Sporting News, who cited league sources.



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