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In addition to Randle's great game, the Lakers also had performances come from Brook Lopez and Isaiah Thomas. Nikola Jokic led the team with a triple-double of 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, Jamal Murray added 20 points with five assists while Gary Harris finished with a team-high 21 points.

LeBron James is nearly certain to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers unless his hometown franchise can win the National Basketball Association championship in June.

LaVar Ball might not be the only member of his family who thinks Julius Randle is the Los Angeles Lakers' best player. "They just try to implement that ball movement, that body movement that he got when he was in Golden State".

Who knows if Los Angeles will be on LeBron James' radar this summer, but if nothing else, the Lakers at least capitalised on their last chance to leave an impression before the end of the season.

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.

Seeing Walton get praised by James is certainly gratifying coming from one of the top players in the league.

The Lakers were able to win despite James' magical moment at the Staples Center - an arena where he could be plying his trade next season.

"I'm not going to make it a big deal", Clarkson said earlier in the weekend.

L.A.is 7-2 in its last nine games, so whatever Thomas is doing, it appears to be working. In fact, the Lakers might be forced to part ways with Randle if they decide to sign James.

The Raptors had no letdown after edging NBA-leading Houston on Friday in a matchup of the No. 1 teams in each conference, leading much of the game even with All-Star DeMar DeRozan shooting just 4 for 16 for nine points.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 and Luke Kornet had 18 as the Knicks dropped their seventh straight game and 15th in the last 16. He is progressing well, but the Lakers expect him to miss at least two more games. "I'm not surprised, but it feels good".

Thomas said afterward that he had nothing to prove and that this was not a revenge game for him. As a person. Something I knew I could do.