Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the National Football League since 2006.
With the win, the Lakers have now gone 7-2 after the All-Star break.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) passes the ball defended by Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) during the fourth quarter at Staples Center. He was the only Cleveland starter outside James to score in double-figures.
However James bamboozled the Lakers by flicking the ball over to Ante Zizic who was given the easy task of completing the play. "Never played against JC and Larry, other than practice".
But James got an up-close look at Randle, who drew a one-on-one defensive matchup with James while the Lakers made their second-half surge. But against the team that traded him as if he were damaged goods, Thomas flourished.
Nikola Jokic's triple-double of 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists helped the Denver Nuggets beat the Sacramento Kings 130-104, while the Indiana Pacers edged the Boston Celtics 99-97 and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Brooklyn Nets 120-97.
Thomas said afterward that he had nothing to prove and that this was not a revenge game for him. "I think the physicality on the block. It's tough. I know we've got a lot of young guys playing and different lineups, but we've still got to play better".
The two-time Defensive Player of the Year has only been on the court for only nine games, with the Spurs being without their best player and franchise cornerstone for almost the entire season.
The three-time National Basketball Association champion already has a $23 million mansion in Brentwood and a burgeoning career in entertainment production, so a move to LA could be a logical step. They hope that's attractive to James, who can be a free agent this summer.
The Cavs were no match for Randle, who produced one of the most impressive games of his career.
After keeping the machine humming as the third-best team in the Western Conference for most of the season, the Spurs have started to tumble in the standings.
The Lakers finished the game shooting 50 percent from the floor with a plus-14 advantage in rebounds and plus-12 in points in the paint.
"Yeah, they stopped by [the locker room] on their way in - uninvited", Lakers coach Luke Walton deadpanned before the game.