Isaiah Thomas and his Lakers dominate in the first duel after the Blockbuster-Trade the Cavs around “King” LeBron James. Especially a big man shines at L. A.
Vengeance successful! In the first clash since his blockbuster trade to the Los Angeles Lakers in February, Isaiah Thomas celebrated a sweet victory over former Cleveland Cavaliers and superstar LeBron James.
127:113 was the final duel between the alleged title contender from Cleveland and the Los Angeles subclass team, who will miss the playoffs again this year. The underdog showed the Cavs the limits in phases – especially during the pre-decisive 22:3 run in the 3rd place. Quarter.
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Point Guard Isaiah Thomas, stamped as a scapegoat after quarrels and reports of bad mood in the Cavs locker room and shipped to the Lakers, proved to be particularly motivated for understandable reasons. 20 points and 9 assists contributed IT from the bank to a clear victory.
Cleveland was dominated without the injured Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love but above all under the basket by Lakers-winner Julius Randle. The 23-year-old was the best man in the field with 36 points and an astronomical hit rate of 14 out of 18 (8 out of 10 free throws) and 14 rebounds.
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“King” James also scored a double double with 24 points and 10 rebounds – but only scored 9 of his 20 throws (2 of 8 threesomes) and had the worst plus/minus value of all Cavs starters with -13. His former team mate Thomas shone on the opposite side with a +18, only Randle (+19) was even more valuable for his team.
In the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers are still on 4th place with 38-28 wins. However, they are threatening to lose their home advantage against Washington Wizards (38:29) even in the first playoff round.