LeBron hails Ball, Stephenson after Lakers win again


Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) grabs his leg after a play as he takes himself out of the game during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Phoenix.

James signed with the Lakers three months ago after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to four straight National Basketball Association final appearances, including their first championship in 2016.

Twenty-four hours on from recording their first win of the season against the Phoenix Suns, the Lakers got off the mark at home - triumphing 121-114 with James recording his first triple-double for the franchise.

LeBron James

"It feels great; it's a win, period", said James, who got to rest in the fourth quarter with the Lakers up by as much as 27. Wednesday night was the first of a three-game suspension for Rondo and a four-game suspension for Ingram.

Jokic had 11 points and six rebounds for the Nuggets in the first half, but Denver was just 3-of-14 from 3-point range in the first two quarters. Denver was aiming for its first 5-0 start since the 2009-10 season.

The Lakers had seven players in double figures.

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The visitors were without Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram, who are serving bans for their part in a brawl during defeat by the Houston Rockets on Sunday. Lance Stephenson also scored 12 points for the Lakers. No doubt we will continue to hear mentions of McGee's asthma as the season goes on, particularly on national broadcasts when these sorts of things get trotted out as details for color commentators to mention. James is the first Lakers player to record a 20-point triple-double since Bryant did so in December 2014 against Denver.

It took five years for JaVale to score 20 points in a game, but just one day to reach 21.

Lonzo Ball added a step-back 3-pointer of his own, capping a 15-2 run that put the Lakers up by five with three minutes remaining. "We had a couple good defensive possessions and showed some kind of resistance defensively and we had a close game".

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"But if we are going to play a certain way, let's not reward people for flopping 30 feet from the hole on plays that have nothing to do with that possession". I just got a little anxious.

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