Jonas Valanciunas scored 17 points, Kyle Lowry had 16 and the Toronto Raptors kept right on rolling after a big win two nights earlier, beating the New York Knicks 132-106 on Sunday for their season-high eighth straight victory.
While James usually never delivers pessimistic remarks to reporters in terms of the future of his team, he seems to be skeptical of how much Cleveland can accomplish this season given the sheer number of injuries that the team has suffered. The Lakers would have to do some serious maneuvering to re-sign Randle while adding two max free agents, but it's possible. Since being inserted into the starting lineup, Randle has been arguably the best player for the Lakers this season. Even with the loss to the Nuggets last week, Los Angeles has still won seven of its past nine games. Brook Lopez had 22 points, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Isaiah Thomas contributed 20 points each.
In the win, Randle totaled 36 points on 14-for-18 shooting from the field. The Raptors fell one point shy of their highest total of the season, set in a victory over Cleveland on January 11. UCLA product Kevin Love remains sidelined with a broken hand. Fans near courtside included Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, Chargers Pro Bowl receiver Keenan Allen, Rams All-Pro running back Todd Gurley, comedians Jerrod Carmichael and Marlon Wayans and former Lakers forward Lamar Odom.
And as James was in action, Lakers president of basketball operations and NBA legend Magic Johnson was snapped talking to the 33-year-old's agent, Rich Paul, during a fourth quarter timeout. 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 feel like today we didn't really give ourselves a chance".
No. 1 men's basketball beats North Carolina to win ACC Tournament Championship
North Carolina schools, though, have won just two of the last seven ACC titles, and that's a drought by their standards. Virginia offered a litmus test for the Tar Heels to see where they compare with another national title contender.
"I don't need to show anybody", Thomas said. "They know what I can do".
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. "The world knows what I can do".