It was a great night all around for the Los Angeles Lakers following their 127-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for a couple of former Lakers.
Although most headlines were surrounding the visit from Cleveland Cavaliers’ forward LeBron James, the game was also a bit of a homecoming for power forward Larry Nance Jr. and shooting guard Jordan Clarkson. According to Dan Duangdao of ClutchPoints, power forward Julius Randle admitted it was a bit nostalgic playing against his former teammates:
“It was weird, but it was fun. Took me back to practice days. Just talking trash and going at each other.”
Needless to say, Randle did not let up on his old teammates after registering a career-high 34 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists. Perhaps Nance Jr. and Clarkson should have given their new team more of a heads up in defending the dynamic, young forward.
Randle and Nance Jr. have had their fair share of battles in practice over the last few years. The latter had even won the starting power forward spot with the Lakers coming into the 2017-18 NBA season. However, it is safe to say that Randle got the better of him this time around.
Regardless, Nance Jr. put on a solid performance with 16 points and eight rebounds after being given the starting nod with his new team. The same cannot be said for Clarkson after scoring just four points on 1-of-8 shooting from the floor.