Julius Randle career-high leads Lakers past Cavaliers

Doug Mendoza
March 13, 2018

Celebrities such as Mayweather, Adam Levine, Jason Sudeikis and Marlon Wayans joined Lakers fixture Jack Nicholson to get their glimpse of James' only trip to Los Angeles to play the Lakers this season.

Randle added 14 rebounds and seven assists, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Isaiah Thomas contributed 20 points each in the win.

As the game's leading scorer, Randle exploded for a career-high 36 points on 14-of-18 shooting from the field and 8-of-10 from the charity stripe, 14 rebounds, seven assists, two blocked shots and one steal in 38 minutes of action. They were led by their Julius Randle and Brook Lopez, who dominated former teammate Larry Nance Jr.by combining for 57 points, 22 rebounds and 11 assists.

The Lakers' entire season has been created to prove their young core of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and probably Randle could fit splendidly around James, Paul George or DeMarcus Cousins - or failing that, the top free agents in the class of 2019.

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But further replays would show just how impressive James' play was - all three Lakers near the ball (and even the cameraman!) followed his fake pass before he sends in the no-look for the uncontested bucket.

It's been a great few weeks for unbelievable LeBron highlights - just two weeks ago James gave basketball fans one of the most insane demonstrations of ball handling ever caught on film, and he claims he's playing the best basketball of his career. "There's not much you can do", Randle told reporters after the game, via ESPN. Since being inserted into the starting lineup, Randle has been arguably the best player for the Lakers this season. The forward finished with five points in Utah's win over the Pelicans.

The Cavs had absolutely zero answers for Randle as he gashed their defense down in the paint repeatedly throughout the night. I only played 15 games with them, so it's really not about showing them what I can do.

The Lakers could use more of that from Randle to compete in a brutal back-to-back this week against the Denver Nuggets and at the Golden State Warriors, with Brandon Ingram slated to miss both due to his recovery from a groin injury.

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