LeBron James claims first Los Angeles Lakers victory

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"I just felt like my clutch badge came on", laughed Stephenson, who had 12 points and four assists. Making his third start in place of the suspended Rondo, Ball had 12 points, eight assists, six rebounds and five steals.

He also talks about getting his first triple-double as a Laker and jokes about what would have happened if the Lakers lost another game, "If we didn't get this win tonight, they probably would have taken us off national televised games".

Los Angeles was without Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram for their roles in an altercation with the Houston Rockets on Saturday night. Kokoskov brings European influence to the Suns, one built around teamwork and a philosophy of passing up a good shot for a great one that has held quite a few great coaches in good stead over the years.

James had 28 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds to notch his first triple-double as a Laker Thursday, October 25 (Friday, October 26, Manila time) at the Staples Center. They had seven players in double figures. We need to get better at that.

The two-time MVP, 30, finished three points short of his career high of 54 and three three-pointers short of breaking his National Basketball Association record of 13 made in a single game as he did not enter for the fourth quarter.

It follows three straight defeats for the Lakers to start the season after James, 33, joined from the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer.

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Bryant watched the Lakers erase an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit with a 15-2 blitz in just over three minutes. I wasn't going to say anything.

He provided stellar help defense on Denver's Nikola Jokic (24 points, 11 rebounds, six turnovers) while also guarding Jamal Murray (22 points, 10 rebounds) at times. "I feel like somebody stamped that excuse on me like, 'Cool, we can play him low minutes because he has asthma'".

"He's a very gifted basketball player, a very cerebral basketball player".

With that in mind, let's take a look at a particular set play Phoenix ran against the Dallas Mavericks in each team's opening game last week.

"A lot of people always try to discredit what he can do offensively but they never give him enough credit what he does defensively", James continued. I just got a little anxious.