Julius Randle career-high leads Lakers past Cavaliers

Julius Randle career-high leads Lakers past Cavaliers

Julius Randle career-high leads Lakers past Cavaliers

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.

Since the All-Star break, Randle is almost averging 20 points and 10 rebounds per game, which would put him in some elite company. "There's not much you can do", Randle told reporters after the game, via ESPN. It's fun to think how good the Lakers' young core could be with James added to the lineup.

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

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.

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"No, I don't need to show anybody", Thomas said. 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. "They know what I can do. 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".

Julius Randle scored a career-high 36 points, corralled 14 rebounds and had seven assists to key the Lakers (30-36), while center Brook Lopez added 22 points. Randle is a key piece for the Lakers because they can clear up to $70 million in cap space this summer to pursue two max free agents by parting ways with Randle and stretching Luol Deng's contract. I only played 15 games for them, so it's really not about showing them what I can do.

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. "The world knows what I can do". The young and athletic Lakers squad benefitted from Cleveland's lacklustre defence, scoring almost 30 points in each of the four quarters.

They might've come to see James but instead watched the Lakers make one big final impression on the free-agent-to-be.

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