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  • LeBron James wowed the Staples Center crowd with a fine pass on Sunday
  • James disguised a pass to Ante Zizic before the Croatian completed move
  • Los Angeles Lakers won the clash with a 127-113 win over Cleveland Cavaliers 

By Anthony Hay for MailOnline

Published: 06:42 EDT, 12 March 2018 | Updated: 08:04 EDT, 12 March 2018

LeBron James proved why he is called 'the King' with a stunning no-look pass to carve open the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

James ended up finishing on the losing side but the Cleveland Cavaliers star deserved a win just based on his creative assist. 

The NBA star pretended to pass the ball to Kyle Korver on his left which led to two Los Angeles Lakers going to close down the expected move.

LeBron James was on the attack and looked like he was going to pass to Kyle Korver on his left
LeBron James was on the attack and looked like he was going to pass to Kyle Korver on his left

LeBron James was on the attack and looked like he was going to pass to Kyle Korver on his left

However he instead passed the ball to Ante Zizic while looking at team-mate Korver (far left)
However he instead passed the ball to Ante Zizic while looking at team-mate Korver (far left)

However he instead passed the ball to Ante Zizic while looking at team-mate Korver (far left)

Two Los Angeles Lakers players looked to close down Korver while Zizic pulled away to score
Two Los Angeles Lakers players looked to close down Korver while Zizic pulled away to score

Two Los Angeles Lakers players looked to close down Korver while Zizic pulled away to score

Zizic then had the easy task of finishing off the move after James' moment of brilliance
Zizic then had the easy task of finishing off the move after James' moment of brilliance

Zizic then had the easy task of finishing off the move after James' moment of brilliance

However James bamboozled the Lakers by flicking the ball over to Ante Zizic who was given the easy task of completing the play. 

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. 

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.  

Isaiah Thomas had 20 points, nine assists and five rebounds against his former team-mates as the Lakers roared away from the defending Eastern Conference champions in the second half with their exciting, energetic style under coach Luke Walton.

The Lakers looked hungry, exciting and full of potential. They hope that's attractive to James, who can be a free agent this summer.

'Since Luke took over, they've improved every single season, I think,' said James, who had 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. 

'They just try to implement that ball movement, that body movement that he got when he was in Golden State.'

Although nobody on either side is able to talk about it yet, this game seemed to carry added importance for both the Lakers and James, who will be at a crossroads shortly in his incredible career.

Floyd Mayweather was at the Staples Center to watch the Lakers defeat the Cavs in LA
Floyd Mayweather was at the Staples Center to watch the Lakers defeat the Cavs in LA

Floyd Mayweather was at the Staples Center to watch the Lakers defeat the Cavs in LA

James laughs as he closes down former Cleveland Cavaliers team-mate Isaiah Thomas
James laughs as he closes down former Cleveland Cavaliers team-mate Isaiah Thomas

James laughs as he closes down former Cleveland Cavaliers team-mate Isaiah Thomas

Magic Johnson has spent the past year making moves — including the trade that sent Larry Nance Jr and Jordan Clarkson to Cleveland last month — to get the Lakers into prime salary-cap position to chase elite free agents this summer. The top name on that list is likely to be James, who has a player option for next year.

The three-time NBA champion already has a $23million (£16.6m) mansion in Brentwood and a burgeoning career in entertainment production, so a move to LA could be a logical step. But James is unlikely to join a team that can't immediately contend for championships with his addition.

The Lakers' entire season has been designed to prove their young core of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and probably Randle could fit splendidly around James, Paul George or DeMarcus Cousins - or failing that, the top free agents in the class of 2019.

The Lakers' exciting performance against Cleveland underlined that notion, for whatever it's worth in James' mind.

 


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