The Los Angeles Lakers won their first regular-season game with LeBron James aboard on Wednesday, and it sounded like coach Luke Walton had made the matchup with the Phoenix Suns a must-win. LeBron discusses the important of Lance Stephenson sparking the team the last two nights, the Lakers starting the season with 8 games in 11 days and the key to sharing the ball.
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.
Notes The Lakers scored 20 fast-break points, well below their season average, but still a robust number.
"It feels great", he said. After being only up two points after the first quarter, the team feasted for a 44-point second quarter performance.
Jamal Murray scored 22 points and Monte Morris had 20, but Denver couldn't answer the Lakers' rally led by James, who posted his third career triple-double in Staples Center for his third different team. Stephenson scored 12 points in the first half on 6-of-7 shooting. Deandre Ayton, the No. 1 overall pick this year, had 22 points and 11 rebounds.More news: Taiwan train crash deadliest in decades
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. He also fired a bullet pass from beyond halfcourt by two Nuggets to a streaking James for a dunk that gave the Lakers the lead for good with 3:30 left.
"We stuck to the game plan", James said.
His 51 points is the most by an National Basketball Association player this season, surpassing Detroit Pistons power forward Blake Griffin's 50 in their victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, while Curry also moved above Suns guard Jamal Crawford into fifth on the league's all-time three-pointers made list, with 2,162.
"This is what I want to say about the asthma", McGee said when asked about it after the game. "We felt like their big man couldn't match our intensity, so when I got in there, I was like, 'Man, I'm going to attack the big man'".