LeBron James says injuries make Cavs hard to gauge: 'You don't know'

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Julius Randle had a career-high 36 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers auditioned for LeBron James' favor in free agency with a 127-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night. Davis had 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks. In fact, Julius practically outproduced this previous two performances-during which he combined for 30 points, 17 rebounds, seven assists and one steal-with his monstrous performance opposite LeBron James and company.

Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Rodney Hood and Cedi Osman were all out with various injuries against Los Angeles, leaving James to pick up the slack, along with reserves Ante Zizic and John Holland. The Lakers' entire season has been created to prove their young core would fit splendidly around James, Paul George or DeMarcus Cousins - or failing that, the top free agents in the class of 2019.

The Lakers did have a lot of fun on Sunday night at James' expense.

Paul also represents Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, which gives Johnson leeway to talk to the agent (and might not be purely coincidental).

James had nothing to prove, either, but it was impossible to watch him play in the Staples Center without thinking it could be his home next season. He bounced back to make 7 of 13 shots in the final three quarters, and he added nine assists and five rebounds.

But the jury is still out on whether the Cavs are a really good team. And Los Angeles' top young talent wasn't even completely on the court: Top scorer Brandon Ingram missed his fifth straight game with a groin strain, while rookie Josh Hart remains out with a broken hand.

Nuggets 130, Kings 104: Nikola Jokic had 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his seventh triple-double of the season, Gary Harris added 21 points and host Denver routed Sacramento.

The loss didn't really affect the side who have been in the last three National Basketball Association finals with them remaining fourth in the Eastern Conference and Lakers in 11th in the Western Conference.

This was the Isaiah Thomas the Cavaliers hoped they traded for last summer.And not the one they thought they dealt to the Lakers last month.Thomas destroyed his old team with 20 points off the bench and L.A. spanked the Cavs 127-113."I only played 15 games with the Cavs, so it wasn't like it was a revenge game", Thomas said.

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