Despite it being a back-and-forth affair in the first two quarters, Los Angeles took control of the game in the second half with Randle being the leading offensive force scoring 23 points on a almost ideal 10-of-11 shooting from the field with 13 points coming in the final period. Los Angeles emphatically snapped its seven-game losing streak against Cleveland. Against his former team, Thomas totaled 20 points, nine assists, and five rebounds. "It's tough. I know we've got a lot of young guys playing and different lineups, but we've still got to play better".
"It's hard to gauge because we have just so many guys out", Korver said post-game.
Dario Saric scored 18 points and Ben Simmons had 11 points, six assists and six rebounds for the 76ers, who were able to avenge a disappointing loss to the Nets at Barclays Center in January.
In the first half, LeBron palmed the ball on the three-point line and it looked like we was set to hit Kyle Korver on the perimeter, but as everyone's eyeballs shifted towards the three-point shooter, LeBron had other ideas. If the four-time NBA MVP declares for free agency following this season, the Lakers are believed to be among the frontrunners for his services. "We understand that teams are going to come out there and throw their best shots at us and we've got to just maintain".
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.
"No, I don't need to show anybody", Thomas said. I only played 15 games for them, so it's really not about showing them what I can do. One of the big moves that they made was the decision to trade Isaiah Thomas to the Lakers. The world knows what I can do and what I bring to the table.
The lack of fireworks couldn't discount the fact that Thomas played well against the Cavaliers and that he got some form of revenge whether he admits it or not.