While players are frequently traded and match up with their former teams every night in the NBA, Sunday's matchup had a somewhat different feel.
"I think we're learning", Brown said. As a team, the Nuggets shot 56 percent from the field and 15 of 37 from the three-point line as they dominated the Kings by 17 points in the first half before putting the game to bed with a 35-19 third quarter. Thomas had six points and two assists during the Lakers' game-changing run. "Tomorrow's going to be the real one when the court's all purple and gold and I'm not wearing it".
"You want to get the most out of whoever's playing, but sometimes, you can't overcome this many injuries that we have". Davis had 25 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocks in his return from a sprained left ankle that sidelined him for one game, but he had to spend the rest of his 25th birthday ruing New Orleans' second straight loss.
James could leave Cleveland in free agency this summer and the Lakers are in with a good chance of signing the 14-time NBA All Star if they can prove they are capable of challenging for championships. Randle has been on a tear since being inserted into the starting lineup at the beginning of the season, but this was the best performance of his career.
After dropping 20 points, nine assists and five rebounds off the bench in the Los Angeles Lakers' win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thomas insisted he wasn't out for blood against his former team: "I only played 15 games with the Cavs, so it wasn't like it was a revenge game".
But head coach Luke Walton believes that even if they fail to land any marquee names, they can make it to the postseason with their current roster.
"I had the challenge of guarding the best player in the game, so you know I loved to take that challenge and take it personally", Randle said. It will be fun.