Isaiah Thomas helps the Lakers crush the Cavs

Thomas played well, as did Julius Randle, who's looking for a new deal in the offseason. The Cavs, however, must get healthy for the team to have an idea what they may have down the stretch.

Kahron Spearman

Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points, nine assists and five rebounds against his former teammates, and Julius Randle had the best game with career-high 36 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, as the Los Angeles Lakers, defeated the depleted Cleveland Cavaliers, 127-113 on Sunday night. 

LeBron James led the Cavs with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists. 

It was the first trip back to Los Angeles for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance, who were both traded to the Cavs for Isaiah Thomas. Cleveland is now 6-6 since their slew of trades at the deadline.

Listen, at the end of the day you've got to want the most out of whoever you've got on the floor. You want to get the most from whoever is playing, but sometimes you can't overcome this many injuries that we have. We have pretty much five guys out of our top nine or top 10 of our rotation not playing because of injuries. It's next man up, but sometimes you just fall short.

Aside from the ever-present discussion of James going to the Lakers, the story was the Cavs' lack of bodies.

With Kevin Love (fractured left hand) and Tristan Thompson (sprained right ankle) already down, the Cavs competed without Rodney Hood (lower back strain) and Cedi Osman (left hip flexor). This forced coach Tyronn Lue to give big minutes to rookie center Ante Zizic and two-way contract player John Holland.

As for Isaiah Thomas, he treated the game as any other.

"I don't need to show anybody," Thomas said after the game. "They know what I can do. I only played 15 games for them, so it's really not about showing them what I can do; the world knows what I can do and what I bring to the table.