LeBron James annoyed hot mic picked up conversation with Lonzo Ball

LeBron James recorded his 59th career triple-double in front of Lonzo Ball and his brothers, Kevin Love scored 28 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers won for the 16th time in 17 games, 121-112 over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. He's a three-time National Basketball Association champion (and Finals MVP).

Although realizing it was still very early in the season, I must admit that I was quite alarmed as a result of the Cavs' 5-7 won-lost record at that time, which was far below expectations for such a talented team, which is led by perhaps the most talented basketball player on the planet, the great LeBron James, and that numerous Cavs' losses came against sub-par teams, even playing poorly on their home court, where they have been almost invincible since the return of James. Wall handed out a team-best 15 assists in the Wizards' loss to the Cavs earlier this season, but Cleveland completely bottled him up on the offensive end, holding the former No. 1 overall pick to 13 points on 4-for-13 shooting.

Love scored 13 in the third quarter, when the Cavs opened an 11-point lead on the way to their 10th straight home win. The small forward had 19 points, nine rebounds and nine assists at that point.

It was the first on-court meeting between James and Ball, the Lakers' highly touted rookie whose outspoken father LaVar has brought both attention and animosity toward his son. "He said he wants to play". Royce O'Neale had his best game shooting the ball with four threes, and Thabo Sefolosha put in another really impressive all-around performance. "He plays the hardest position in the NBA", Walton said. He's handled all that, good press, bad press, people talking about his shot, people talking about this and that. "He makes them better, which is probably my favorite skill that he has". The primary bait the Cavaliers could offer would be center Tristan Thompson, who has been dealing with a calf injury and has lost his spot as a starter. He didn't have a stat in six minutes Tuesday against Atlanta.

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He can worked his way into earning coach Tyronn Lue's trust and it has resulted in his confidence returning.

That said, let's start our break down of the top 10 Cavaliers' players. Thomas will have his No. 2 jersey retired by Washington on February 15.

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