LeBron's triple-double leads Lakers past Nuggets

Sherman Parsons
October 26, 2018

The crowd even started a "Kobe!"

You may have heard about Los Angeles Lakers big man JaVale McGee struggling with asthma. Luckily, however, the Suns' other star - Deandre Ayton - played great and finished with a 22-point, 11-rebound double-double.

"We could feel his anger", Lance Stephenson told ESPN's Dave McMenamin of Walton's disposition during the morning meeting at the team hotel.

James joins a Lakers club that has missed the playoffs in each of their last five seasons, the longest playoff drought in franchise history for the 16-time National Basketball Association champions. What he's done for this franchise in his 20-plus years here speaks wonders for me.

"For me to be able to compete against him all those years and then for me to be able to share a jersey, the same jersey as him at this point". Stephenson finished with 12 points, four rebounds and four assists in 24 minutes, with eight of those points coming in the decisive 71-second fourth-quarter stretch.

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"The first couple of games, when we fell behind, we stayed behind", James said. "So, I mean, we took care of business tonight".

The Lakers (1-3) will look to put together their first winning streak when the undefeated Denver Nuggets (4-0) visit on Thursday. "And LeBron is bringing all those guys their confidence way up".

Seated at the corner of the baseline, Bryant made a rare appearance at Staples Center, and the former Laker great watched his old rival James collect two milestones: his first triple-double and first home victory as a Laker. We need to get better at that.

Nuggets: Isaiah Thomas attended the game, but didn't play while recovering from offseason hip surgery. 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. The Ukrainian guard scored his first National Basketball Association points one night earlier in Phoenix. After starting off their season with a win the team has now lost three straight. Los Angeles will still be without Rondo, who is serving a three-game suspension, and Ingram, who is suspended for four games, for their roles in a fight with Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

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