Julius Randle got the Los Angeles Lakers started. Isaiah Thomas finished the job.
And there is playoff talk in Lakerland.
Thomas scored a season-high 29 points, Randle added 25 and the Lakers continued their improbable surge by shredding the Miami defense on the way to a 131-113 win over the Heat on Thursday night.
Thomas, whose previous season best was 24, connected on 11 of 20 shots and 6 of 11 3-point tries. Randle had 21 points in the first half for the Lakers, who are 16-7 since an 11-27 start — and at 27-34, have now passed last season’s win total.
“We were sharing the ball,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “We were pushing it and playing at the pace we like to play at and then we were making the simple extra pass instead of trying to hold for quick shots or try to make spectacular passes.”
Dwyane Wade scored 25 points for Miami. Goran Dragic had 19, Justise Winslow scored 17 and Josh Richardson and Bam Adebayo each added 15.
Bonderman joins longtime sports executive Tim Leiweke and Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer as leads for the Oak View Group, which is hoping to found the NHL’s 32nd team. Earlier this month, the OVG submitted paperwork and a $10 million down payment to the league. The NHL is likely to accept the bid pending the results of the season-ticket drive.
The group says it is not focused on a benchmark for season tickets. When Las Vegas applied for NHL expansion in 2015, the goal was 10,000 deposits.
Vegas already had an arena by then. The OVG plans to begin remodeling KeyArena in downtown Seattle in October, and the hope is to enter the league for the 2020-21 season.
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Leiweke said the group is taking an approach that makes the arena viable for the future.