Lakers leave impression on LeBron in punishing rout of Cavaliers

Lonzo Ball makes'winning plays' streaks for dunk in Lakers-Nuggets

Last season with the Utah Jazz, Hill was one of the NBA's top pick-and-roll ball-handlers, ranking in the 91st percentile.

Since the All-Star break, Randle is almost averging 20 points and 10 rebounds per game, which would put him in some elite company. But James pulled the ball back, and without moving his eyes, hit a wide-open Ante Zizic as he cut behind the Lakers for an easy dunk.

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.

Clarkson, who finished 1-for-8 from the field with just four points and four assists, and Nance stopped by the Lakers' locker room before the game to say hello to their old friends.

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.

"We're just connecting at both ends, and we're able to really establish the way that we want to play", Randle said. "There's not much you can do", Randle told reporters after the game, via ESPN. 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. In fact, the numbers that Randle put up during the 127-113 victory over the Cavs have not been done by a Lakers player since March of 2008 by legendary shooting guard Kobe Bryant. Starters Brook Lopez and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, added 22 and 20 points, respectively.

Lonzo noted that Randle "did a little bit of everything" for the Purple and Gold, including his two blocks and one steal, on a night that saw the fourth-year forward finish with a game-best plus-minus rating of plus-19.

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 the Cavs, so it wasn't like it was a revenge game", Thomas said. "The insane thing is, I still think he can be better", Walton said of Randle. "The world knows what I can do".

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