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Larry Nance Jr. reacts to Ivica Zubac’s big game vs. Warriors

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. showed some love to his former frontcourt partner in Los Angeles. Nance praised Lakers center Ivica Zubac after a stellar performance against the Golden State Warriors.

Zubac had a double-double performance against the Warriors with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The 21-year-old center was also efficient on the floor, as he shot 9-for-10 from the field and blocked two shots. He was +25 for the Lakers, the highest plus-minus for Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

In his first tweet, Nance hilariously called Zubac his son. The Cavaliers forward played with Zubac for one and a half seasons before he was dealt to Cleveland in a trade-deadline deal last season along with Jordan Clarkson.

Nance also made sure that Zubac’s recent performances will not go unnoticed. He also retweeted a post from Legion Hoops, highlighting the recent string of impressive games from the third-year center.

Zubac is averaging just 4.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game this season. Aside from his double-double game against Golden State, he also turned heads in the last two games. He ended up with 16 points and 11 boards against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, and tallied 19 points against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.

The 32nd overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft is making the most out of the opportunity given to him. He is getting more exposure with starting JaVale McGee out with an illness. McGee remains day-to-day, but it will not be a surprise if Zubac gets more minutes for the Lakers even when the veteran center returns to the active roster.

The win over the Warriors helped the Lakers improve to 20-14 this season. They moved up to solo fourth in the Western Conference standings behind the 21-10 Denver Nuggets, the 23-12 Warriors, and 21-12 Oklahoma City Thunder.