Isaiah Thomas and LeBron hug it out

Isaiah Thomas and LeBron hug it out

The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the in-form teams in the National Basketball Association at the moment and are so far ahead of where they were last season.

With the win, the Lakers have now gone 7-2 after the All-Star break.

They have won seven of their last 10 games but despite their improvement, they're still not in contention for a playoff spot in the fiercely competitive Western Conference this year.

Davis had 25 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocks in his return from a sprained left ankle that sidelined him for one game.

While James and the Cavs don't want, nor need, someone dominating the ball as much as Isaiah Thomas did (28.1 percent), they'll require a second playmaker like Hill come playoff time. As the Cavaliers called timeout while down 115-94, James palmed the ball and motioned as if he wanted to throw it in frustration before cocking back.

Nance had 16 points and eight rebounds, and Clarkson added four points in their first game against the Lakers since they were traded for Thomas and Channing Frye on February 8. He was the only Cleveland starter outside James to score in double-figures.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James fooled the LA Lakers' defence. "Never played against JC and Larry, other than practice". "It's another game, but definitely one that's going to be fun to play in".

"Since Luke (Walton) took over they've improved every single season and you just try to implement that", James said of the Lakers after the game, per Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com. Later in the game, James sent a bounce pass through Lonzo Ball's legs that would've been good for an assist had Jeff Green not missed his dunk attempt. "I mean, you don't know".

"I'm a competitive person and he's really competitive", Kuzma added.

Dwight Powell led the Mavericks with 20 points, one short of his career high, on 9-of-11 shooting.

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

The Athletic's Jason Lloyd discussed that possibility in his final thoughts from Sunday's game and offered an interesting alternative: bringing Kendrick Perkins to the team as a coach rather than signing him as a player. 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. "They know what I can do".

Clarkson, who finished 1-for-8 from the field with just four points and four assists, and Nance stopped by the Lakers' locker room before the game to say hello to their old friends. "It was good to see them".

There's absolutely a chance that James could be in a Lakers uniform by next season, meaning he shouldn't be burning bridges with any players just in case of future circumstances.

The Lakers will have to wait until summer to find out whether they earned a callback - or maybe even got the part.

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