Julius Randle outplayed LeBron James in Sunday's matchup, finishing with a career-high 36 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists.
James, who finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists in the loss, heaped praise on Luke Walton for helping the young Lakers team blossom this season.
With their drubbing by the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday night, the Cavaliers slipped to 6-6 since the trade day.
Brook Lopez scored 22 points for the Lakers, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 20.
Even though LeBron is going to be the marquee free agent in this class, Randle is proving to the Lakers and the rest of the National Basketball Association that is might be an emerging star in his own right.
"I thought he just out-toughed us", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.
A first round exit for Clemson? Charles Barkley thinks so
The victor will advance to play No. 5 seed Clemson or No. 12 seed New Mexico State on Sunday for a spot in the Sweet 16. Villanova faced LIU Brooklyn in the NCAA Tournament in 1997 and came out with a win by a final of 101-91.
"Of course anytime something like that happens", Kuzma said last week, "you're always going to remember it". "They know what I can do".
Myles Turner scored 19 points, including the game-winning basket with 21 seconds to play, and added 10 rebounds for IN, who survived the insane ending to win for the fifth time IN six games.
James ended up finishing on the losing side but the Cleveland Cavaliers star deserved a win just based on his creative assist.
LeBron James has an easy explanation as to why the Cavaliers have only won half their games since their massive roster overhaul in February: Half the team is injured. The bruising forward scored 23 points in the second half and went 14 for 18 from the field overall before leaving to a huge late ovation. During that time, he scored 20 points, handed out nine assists and grabbed five rebounds. "I feel like today we didn't really give ourselves a chance". The world knows what I can do and what I bring to the table. Though James has also been linked to the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers, the aforementioned four teams are reportedly in his final shortlist.
Cavaliers At the Phoenix Suns on March 13.
The Denver Nuggets enter their game at the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday in a three-way tie for eighth place in the Western Conference with 15 games remaining.