Magic Johnson already making friends with LeBron James' partners

Magic Johnson already making friends with LeBron James' partners

Magic Johnson already making friends with LeBron James' partners

BC-BKN-Cavaliers-Lakers, 1st Ld-Writethru, 947Julius Randle's 36 lead Lakers past LeBron's Cavs, 127-113AP Photo LAS107, LAS105, LAS108, LAS110, LAS115, LAS113Eds: Lakers 127, Cavaliers 113.

The Lakers did go on to win, 127-113. Meanwhile, the Cavs (38-28) have dropped down to No. 4 in the Eastern Conference standings, with the Indiana Pacers (39-28) moving a half-game ahead of them.

With Johnson watching, James posted 24 points on 9-20 shooting from the field (2-8 from downtown), 10 rebounds, seven assists, one block and one steal in 31 minutes of action for the injury-ridden Cavaliers.

Starting center Larry Nance Jr. had 24 points and eight rebounds, and Jordan Clarkson added four points in their first game against the Lakers since they were traded for Thomas and Channing Frye on February 8.

The Lakers' solid effort against Cleveland underlined that notion, for whatever it's worth in James' mind.

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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.

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

Thomas embraced with several of his former teammates, including LeBron, prior to tip-off.

The Lakers had not won in their last seven outings against Cleveland, but the side dominated the third quarter, outscoring the visitors by 11. The Lakers would have to do some serious maneuvering to re-sign Randle while adding two max free agents, but it's possible. Nance scored 16 points with eight rebounds while Clarkson scored four points with four assists. "Since Luke (Walton) took over, they've improved every single season, I think. It was good to see them".

Celebrities like Mayweather, Adam Levine, Jason Sudeikis and Marlon Wayans joined Lakers fixture Jack Nicholson to get their only glimpse of James' only trip to Los Angeles to play the Lakers.

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