LOS ANGELES - After a 127-113 blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, LeBron James said all of the injuries the Cleveland Cavaliers are experiencing make it hard to judge his team right now as they fell to 6-6 since overhauling their roster at the trade deadline.
But LeBron James still is a wizard with the basketball. The 2014 first-round pick was locked in from the field, as the 77.8 percent success rate he generated on the night served as his best since January 31.
Jazz 116, Pelicans 99: Ricky Rubio had 30 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and visiting Utah overcame Anthony Davis' first career triple-double for New Orleans, extending the Jazz's winning streak to six. 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.
LOS ANGELES - When LeBron James' name was called when the Cleveland Cavaliers' starting lineup was introduced, Los Angeles Lakers fans greeted the superstar with a warm applause.
Randle, who had been slowed by an illness in the previous two games, had a career-high 36 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists.More news: Mkhitaryan scores as Arsenal thrash Watford 3-0
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"We're just connecting at both ends, and we're able to really establish the way that we want to play", Randle said. He will either sign another deal with the Cavaliers, or go to the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets or the Philadelphia 76ers. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Randle "out-toughed us and he bullied us the whole night."We had no answer for him", Lue said".
"I'll never accept a loss", James said. "We can't keep settling for 3-pointers and jump shots".
Thomas did not have anything to prove against the Cavs - he finished fifth in the NBA MVP voting last season with the Celtics, right behind James - but his performance had to feel good.
The Cavaliers' road trip continues with a Tuesday night contest against the Phoenix Suns that will tip off just after 10 p.m. ET.