Lonzo Ball praises Julius Randle as Lakers' 'enforcer'


And Los Angeles didn't even show off the full scope of its young talent: Ball struggled with his shot on the way to seven assists and five points, while top scorer Ingram missed his fifth straight game with a groin strain and rookie Josh Hart remained out with a broken hand. "I took it as another game and I just wanted to win and we did a helluva job as a team, beating that really good team over there". Randle has been on a tear since being inserted into the starting lineup at the beginning of the season, but this was the best performance of his career.

Thomas scored 20 points, dished out nine assists, and grabbed five rebounds in 31 minutes off the bench to help the Lakers to a 127-113 victory on Sunday.

From the Lakers making a strong free agency case directly to LeBron to a personal revenge game for one Laker, these are my three takeaways from the Lakers-Cavs matchup that involved plenty of talking points leading into the game.

Since this is a contract year for Randle, he has been able to perform quite well for the Lakers and is certainly opening eyes around the league.

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Seven Raptors players hit more than 10 points, with Kyle Lowry finishing on 16, four rebounds and seven assists. I have really close friends on that team, and those guys are great guys, they just made a business decision, and I'm trying to move on ... for the most part."With the loss, the Cavs slipped to fourth in the East and had their seven-game winning streak against the Lakers snapped.LeBron James finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists".

"It was something I always knew I could do", Randle said. "The world knows what I can do". "I'm not surprised, but it feels good I guess".

"Yeah, they stopped by [the locker room] on their way in - uninvited", Lakers coach Luke Walton deadpanned before the game. It will be fun. He was out until January recovering from multiple hip injuries, and was of course the marquee player the Cavs received in return for Kyrie Irving.Julius Randle ate the Cavs alive with a career high 36 points and 14 boards.

One of the big question marks for the Lakers this offseason will be what they decide to do with Julius Randle.