Lonzo Ball praises Julius Randle as Lakers' 'enforcer'

Hope Soto
March 13, 2018

After drubbing the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 11, they took another step closer to that goal.

Julius Randle had a career-high 36 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, and the Lakers put on a show in front of James with a 127-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night. However, he did see opposite number Brook Lopez explode for a 22-point effort on 10-for-18 shooting, so his defensive work left something to be desired.

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.

A few days ago we saw James turn the ball into a ghost and spirit it through the testicles of Tristan Thompson, and while that's arguably the most ridiculous thing seen on an National Basketball Association court so far this season, this ain't far off the mark either.

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James had nothing to prove, either, but it was impossible to watch him play in the Staples Center without thinking it could be his home next season. He bounced back to make 7 of 13 shots in the final three quarters, and he added nine assists and five rebounds.

But the jury is still out on whether the Cavs are a really good team.

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Kevin Durant had 39 points and 12 rebounds for Golden State, which left Curry at home for this road trip to rest an injured right ankle and lost 125-108 to Portland on Friday.

Lonzo Ball's Lakers teammates Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart also joined the fun.

Even so, the Lakers looked crisp early, compiling 11 assists and no turnovers in the first quarter, leading 33-29 entering the second.

Despite playing shorthanded because of injuries, the Cavaliers are not in the business of accepting losses or making excuses after slipping a half-game behind the Indiana Pacers for the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference and top position in the Central Division.

Boston led by 10 at halftime before point guard Kyrie Irving left the game with a sore left knee, joining absent big man Al Horford, who was home sick, and Jaylen Brown, who is in the concussion protocol.

Although nobody on either side is able to talk about it yet, this game seemed to carry added importance for both the Lakers and James, who will be at a crossroads shortly in his incredible career.

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