The Los Angeles Lakers picked up a 127-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers last night and Isaiah Thomas had exactly the kind of game that a player hopes to have against a team that recently traded him away. 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.
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.
The Lakers' exciting performance against Cleveland underlined that notion, for whatever it's worth in James' mind.
Thomas did not have anything to prove against the Cavs - he finished fifth in the NBA MVP voting last season with the Celtics, right behind James - but his performance had to feel good.
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"I only played 15 games with the Cavs, so it wasn't like it was a revenge game", Thomas said. 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, but he had to spend the rest of his 25th birthday ruing New Orleans' second straight loss. Nance Jr. was solid with 16 points and eight rebounds, though he broke his career-long string of three consecutive double doubles.Clarkson really struggled, shooting 1-of-8 for four points in his worst game as a Cav.Thomas had no such trouble.
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Cleveland was dominated on the glass during the game, with Los Angeles holding a 51-37 advantage on the rebounding front.
They might've come to see James but instead watched the Lakers make one very big final impression on James.