LeBron James' triple-double leads Cavaliers past Lonzo Ball'

LeBron James' triple-double leads Cavaliers past Lonzo Ball'

Postautor: lucky » 16 gru 2017, o 08:28

CLEVELAND -- After LeBron James posted his 59th career triple-double and held off a pesky Los Angeles Lakers team, several players from both teams gathered near midcourt. James shook hands with several of the young Lakers one by one before searching through the crowd for Lonzo Ball. Once James found the rookie, he talked to Ball while covering his mouth with his jersey as cameras focused in on the two. Ball listened intently.
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In their first game against each other, James not only got a triple-double and handed Ball and the Lakers a 121-112 loss against his Cleveland Cavaliers, but he gave Ball perhaps something even more invaluable with that moment at the end of the game. Ball grew up idolizing James, and here was the best player on the planet taking time to talk to the rookie and sharing something that Ball already was holding on to dearly. "None of y'all business," James said when asked what he said. Not even the polite Ball would reveal the conversation, saying, "He didn't tell me anything."
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One thing is clear: James likes Ball. He took the time to watch Ball and the Lakers play in the summer league in Las Vegas, tweeted the rookie happy birthday http://www.footballsteelersonline.com/Justin-Gilbert-Jersey in October and has repeatedly praised Ball. And he says Ball is "someone that you want to play with."
In his first game against Ball and the Lakers this season, James tied Larry Bird Brad Marchand Authentic Jersey at sixth on the all-time triple-doubles list with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Kevin Love had a game-high 28 points and 11 rebounds.
But in the loss, the Lakers may have come away with something that could be much more valuable Dwight Clark Womens Jersey than a win -- Ball and the young Lakers gave James a glimpse of the future in Los Angeles. Ball flirted with his own triple-double with 13 points, 11 assists and 8 rebounds with 6 turnovers. Brandon Ingram was impressive with 26 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds while knocking down three 3-pointers. Rookie Josh Hart, in his first start for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (not with the team due to personal reasons), Christian Dvorak Authentic Jersey posted a career-high 11 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Kuzma had 20 points and seven rebounds.
This was James' first up-close look at the young Lakers and their developing pair of No. 2 overall picks from the past two drafts in Ingram and Ball. There has been plenty of speculation over James' future, since he's expected to become a free agent this summer.
The Lakers want to pursue two star free agents this summer, with James at the top of their wish list. Until James makes a decision on his future, the Lakers will be one of the potential destinations linked to the best player in the world, whose agent, Rich Paul, also represents Caldwell-Pope, who is signed to a one-year, $18-million deal. Obviously, the Lakers (10-17) want to win. But team president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka had to love what they saw on Thursday. Their young talent showcased their potential in front of James and didn't back down against a team that has won 16 of its last 17.
Ingram put his developing game on display and rebounded in a big way from his worst game of the season in New York where he went 2-for-12 with five points. In Cleveland, he made nine of his first 10 shots and had 23 points in his first 25 minutes. He did his usual attacking of the rim, but also hit a couple of 3s and stop-and-pop midrange jumpers. And on one impressive play, Ball grabbed a defensive rebound and immediately flicked a rainbow bomb up the court to a streaking Ingram for a layup.
Ball was even hitting some of his shots from the perimeter, knocking down 3 of 8 3-pointers. During one stretch in the third quarter, he hit a 3, Ingram knocked down a 3, and then Ball buried another trey.
Kuzma wouldn't stop going at the Cavs, scoring 12 of http://www.authenticclevelandindiansshop.com/Jay-Bruce-Jersey his points in the fourth quarter even as the Cavs had Andre Smith Jersey the game under control. Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson continued to be impressive off the bench and Hart made the most of his first start. Six Lakers scored in double-figures, and they kept playing hard all the way down to the end like they surprisingly have for most of this season, something James surely can appreciate. The Lakers just seem to make enough mistakes or fail to make enough shots or secure enough rebounds in the crucial moments to lose several of these close games -- something a superstar can help correct.
"They get the ball up the floor," James said. "No matter on makes and misses. I said that before we played our last game, that if you http://www.officialauthenticbroncostore.com/Nike-Matt-Paradis-Jersey.html don't get back in transition, they're going to make you pay because they look up the floor, and they've got a lot of guys, young guys too, that get up and run up and down. They exploited that at some points of the game tonight." NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Baseball Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal Basketball Jerseys For Sale Wholesale Jerseys NFL MLB Baseball Jerseys NFL Jerseys Authentic
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