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But while Nance Jr. has been doing what he can on the offensive and defensive glass, the Cavaliers were outrebounded, 103-77, by the Clippers and Lakers. Even with the loss to the Nuggets last week, Los Angeles has still won seven of its past nine games.

James is averaging 53.5 FanDuel points per game this season.

While much of the damage was done by players who may not even be on the roster next season if James relocates, the Lakers' young guys had their fair share of impressive moments - no one more than Julius Randle.

In the win, Randle totaled 36 points on 14-for-18 shooting from the field. He scored eight points in 2 ½ minutes early in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas, who said the Cavaliers "panicked" in January when they traded him to Los Angeles, chipped in 20 points against his former team.

James could leave Cleveland as a free agent this summer and the Lakers are tipped to land the 14-time NBA All Star.

The three-time National Basketball Association champion already has a $23 million mansion in Brentwood and a burgeoning career in entertainment production, so a move to LA could be a logical step.

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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.

Rookies Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma, meanwhile, flashed their talent in the win despite not playing their best games.

Eric Gordon scored 26 points and Chris Paul had 24 points and 12 assists as the Houston Rockets, playing without James Harden, beat the Dallas Mavericks 105-82.

The coaching staff is anxious about overworking its healthy players and risking further injuries to the roster, sources told ESPN. UCLA product Kevin Love remains sidelined with a broken hand.

However, on Sunday, he was overshadowed by Randle as well other Lakers.

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. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Randle "out-toughed us and he bullied us the whole night."We had no answer for him", Lue said".

Cavaliers: At the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.


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