LeBron James won't let injuries be excuse for Cleveland Cavaliers

Raptors roll to rout — and 8th straight win

James had 16 first-half points - no other Cleveland player had more than 10 - and also led the Cavaliers with six rebounds and four assists before the break.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - If this game was a Hollywood audition, the young Los Angeles Lakers certainly did well enough to impress budding entertainment mogul LeBron James.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James scored 24 points on 9-for-20 shooting Sunday, to go with 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal in a 127-113 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Cavs were no match for Randle, who produced one of the most impressive games of his career.

Buddy Hield scored 18 points, while former Nuggets player Kosta Koufos chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings, who play Monday night in Oklahoma City.

"He was only there for 15 games, but it was good to see him try to kill them", Kuzma said.

Brook Lopez scored 22 points for the Lakers, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 20.

Such was the case in the second quarter, as James fooled everyone inside Staples Center with a no-look pass to teammate Ante Zizic for a dunk. But he spent the final minutes on the bench after the Lakers showed off their potential by running away.

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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 three-time National Basketball Association champion already has a reported $23 million mansion in Brentwood and a burgeoning career as an entertainment mogul, so a move to Hollywood could be a logical step off the court for the 33-year-old veteran.

James acknowledged the injuries and how they're hampering the team's play, but didn't express confidence when asked if the Cavaliers were heading in the right direction. The Raptors fell one point shy of their highest total of the season, set in a victory over Cleveland on January 11.

However, even James' efforts weren't enough in the crucial third quarter as the Lakers turned the game into a rout.

Lakers rookie Josh Hart, who's recovering from hand surgery, took a subtle shot at Lonzo.

Cavaliers: Kyle Korver scored 12 points while playing with a bruised right foot.

The coaching staff is anxious about overworking its healthy players and risking further injuries to the roster, sources told ESPN.

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