Magic Johnson has spent the past year making moves — including the trade that sent Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson to Cleveland last month — to get the Lakers into prime salary-cap position to chase elite free agents this summer. The top name on that list is likely to be James, who has a player option for next year.
The three-time NBA champion already has a $23 million mansion in Brentwood and a burgeoning career in entertainment production, so a move to LA could be a logical step. But James is unlikely to join a team that can’t immediately contend for championships with his addition.
But James got an up-close look at Randle, who drew a one-on-one defensive matchup with James while the Lakers made their second-half surge. The Lakers would have to do some serious maneuvering to re-sign Randle while adding two max free agents, but it’s possible.
I had the challenge of guarding the best player in the game, so you know I loved to take that challenge and take it personally, Randle said. But he’s an amazing player. There’s not much you can do.
Westbrook scored 32 points, dished out 12 assists and grabbed 12 rebounds to become the third-fastest player to reach the milestone. Only Oscar Robertson (277 games) and Magic Johnson (656) got to No. 100 quicker than Westbrook, who accomplished the feat in his 736th contest.
Westbrook trails only Robertson (181), Johnson (138) and Jason Kidd (107) on the career triple-double list.
Led by Westbrook and Jerami Grant, the Thunder dominated the rest of the way.
Westbrook scored seven points, while Grant knocked down a 3 and converted a three-point play — both off assists by Westbrook. Carmelo Anthony capped the game-deciding run with his sixth 3-pointer of the game.
“At halftime, he was talking about [the knee], felt some soreness in it, probably similar to the Houston game,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “He was getting it worked on after halftime. We Cheap Authentic NHL Jerseys don’t know what it is above general knee soreness, and he doesn’t seem overly Cheap NFL Jerseys USA concerned, big-picture, with it. But obviously it’s been giving him fits here and there for the last five to eight days or so.”