Published: Fri, October 26, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

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Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns sustains injury to his hamstring

LeBron James claimed his first National Basketball Association win for the Los Angeles Lakers with a 131-113 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

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

Following a win over the Suns, the Lakers have an opportunity to further claw back from that 0-3 start and avoid an early hole in an unforgiving Western Conference.

Bryant sat with Lakers GM Rob Pelinka, his former agent, in a rare visit since the 20-year Lakers veteran retired in 2016.

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.

"We talked a lot on defense", said Stephenson, who gave the Lakers a spark with eight points and 4-for-4 shooting from the field in the second quarter.

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If they decided we are going to play Monday we don't stop to think if it is better to play Monday or not. Individual things are not for now". "The same with Mesut as any other player".

The Lakers were playing without point guard Rajon Rondo and forward Brandon Ingram, who were both serving suspensions for their role in a fight with the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

Ball chipped in with 12 points, eight assists, six rebounds and five steals in a superb all-round display, prompting James to tell reporters: "He was great again tonight".

But this Laker win, he said, was by committee as seven players reached double figures.

But Phoenix committed four turnovers in a 17-2 Los Angeles outburst that put the Lakers up 63-43 on Josh Hart's running dunk with 3:51 left in the first half. "That is what we will continue to harp on throughout the season is our defensive approach", James said. The Nuggets entered giving up less than 100 points a game.

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.

It's still early in the season, but the Suns are averaging the second-most passes per game (through October 23) after passing the ball better than just eight teams past year. "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'".

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