Randle, Lakers stomp Cavs

Isaiah Thomas

The Cleveland Cavaliers were making their way into Staples Center on Sunday afternoon, when the door to the Lakers locker room swung open.

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.

Cleveland was dominated on the glass during the game, with Los Angeles holding a 51-37 advantage on the rebounding front.

Thomas embraced with several of his former teammates, including LeBron, prior to tip-off.

Overnight the older LeBron James spoke to ESPN about playing competitively as he approached the age of 40 and what would keep him in the game longer.

The loss didn't really affect the side who have been in the last three National Basketball Association finals with them remaining fourth in the Eastern Conference and Lakers in 11th in the Western Conference. Randle has gotten March off to a sensational start, as he's now averaging 22.8 points (on 59.0 percent shooting), 8.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steals across 33.0 minutes over the first six games of the month.

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Buddy Hield scored 18 points, while former Nuggets player Kosta Koufos chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings, who play Monday night in Oklahoma City.

The Lakers' solid effort against Cleveland underlined that notion, for whatever it's worth in James' mind.

Both teams effectively matched each other during the second quarter when it came to shooting from the field, with the Lakers continuing to hold the Cavaliers at bay. The Lakers would have to do some serious maneuvering to re-sign Randle while adding two max free agents, but it's possible.

"It was something I always knew I could do", Randle said.

"I only played 15 games with the Cavs, so it wasn't like it was a revenge game", Thomas said.

Thomas' parting with Cleveland wasn't harmonious, and the 5-foot-9 dynamo took a few portentous looks in the direction of the Cavs' bench - but he claimed he was only talking smack to Floyd Mayweather, his good friend sitting next to Jack Nicholson.

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