Cleveland was dominated on the glass during the game, with Los Angeles holding a 51-37 advantage on the rebounding front. Thomas embraced with several of his former teammates, including LeBron, prior to tip-off. Meanwhile, the Cavs (38-28) have dropped down to No. 4 in the Eastern Conference standings, with the Indiana Pacers (39-28) moving a half-game ahead of them.
However James bamboozled the Lakers by flicking the ball over to Ante Zizic who was given the easy task of completing the play. But against the team that traded him as if he were damaged goods, Thomas flourished.
Thomas scored 20 points, dished out nine assists, and grabbed five rebounds in 31 minutes off the bench to help the Lakers to a 127-113 victory on Sunday.
Boston led by 10 at halftime before point guard Kyrie Irving left the game with a sore left knee, joining absent big man Al Horford, who was home sick, and Jaylen Brown, who is in the concussion protocol.
San Antonio are just 3-10 over the past 13 games and their schedule to close out the season does them no favours, with match-ups remaining against Houston (twice), New Orleans (twice), Golden State, Washington (twice), Oklahoma City and Portland. Davis had 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks. If the four-time NBA MVP declares for free agency following this season, the Lakers are believed to be among the frontrunners for his services.
The Cavs could not overcome a hot-shooting Lakers team Sunday, but James played well putting up his second straight double-double.
Following the game, head coach Luke Walton had a huge amount of praise toward the 23- year-old calling his play against the Cavaliers a "pretty special" outing. Courtside during a Lakers game needn't be one. But what's the point of having rules if they don't get enforced?
The Lakers were able to win despite James' magical moment at the Staples Center - an arena where he could be plying his trade next season.
To be fair to the Lakers, the dummy fooled most of those watching.