Jonas Valanciunas scored 17 points, Kyle Lowry had 16 and the Toronto Raptors kept right on rolling after a big win two nights earlier, beating the New York Knicks 132-106 on Sunday for their season-high eighth straight victory.
The Lakers looked hungry, exciting and full of potential.
"And last week, billboards went up across the city with the message of "#LABron" in the hopes of luring James in the summer.
LeBron James has an easy explanation as to why the Cavaliers have only won half their games since their massive roster overhaul in February: Half the team is injured.
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The City manager's deal runs out at the end of next season and he has repeatedly refused to discuss in public whether he will extend it.
He added, "I think we're just missing some smiles out there on the court right now". He was out until January recovering from multiple hip injuries, and was of course the marquee player the Cavs received in return for Kyrie Irving.Julius Randle ate the Cavs alive with a career high 36 points and 14 boards.
He missed first four shots and had a pass stolen by James that turned into a layup before draining a 3 with 6:43 left in the second quarter.And from there it was all roses.
The Lakers' exciting performance against Cleveland underlined that notion, for whatever it's worth in James' mind. 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 and what I bring to the table.
LaVar Ball might not be the only member of his family who thinks Julius Randle is the Los Angeles Lakers' best player. While LeBron is obviously going to be a target of the Lakers this offseason, he wasn't the only other upcoming free agent in the game. "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. With its sixth win in eight games overall, Los Angeles (30-36) emphatically snapped a seven-game losing streak against Cleveland.
Paul also represents Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, which gives Johnson leeway to talk to the agent (and might not be purely coincidental). Hood and Osman were hurt in Friday's loss to the Lakers at Staples Center.