Five takeaways from the Lakers' 121-114 win over the Denver Nuggets

Posted October 27, 2018

The Los Angeles Lakers started the 2018-2019 season with a 0-3 record, something not many people expected with LeBron James joining the team.

James answered a plethora of questions, ranging from the pressure of mending a slow start to his opinion on the presence of Kobe Bryant at the Staples Center.

LeBron James earned his first win as a Laker and helped halt a three-game losing streak with 19 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds in the Lakers' 131-113 win over the Phoenix Suns. The compact guard finished last season with the Lakers, averaging 15.6 points in 17 games after getting traded by James' Cavaliers. "One of the all-time Laker greats". What he's done for this franchise in his 20-plus years that he was speaks wonders. Deandre Ayton, the No. 1 overall pick this year, had 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Kyle Kuzma scored 22 points and JaVale McGee added 21 to complement James' 74th career triple-double, his first with his new team.

The Lakers felt the added energy that came with Bryant in attendance, something he did last season when he and his family were honored with the retirement of his No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys. It's the type of excitement that hasn't really been here since Bryant played and the Lakers were winning.

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"It feels great to win, period", he said.

Kobe Bryant says if LeBron James ever needs anything from him, the five-time champion has his back.

The Suns' Devin Booker had 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists but left the game in the third quarter with a strained left hamstring. This was the first of a three-game suspension for Rondo and a four-game suspension for Ingram.

When Lakers guard Rajon Rondo returns from his three-game suspension on Saturday against the Spurs, coach Luke Walton will have a decision to make.

Lance Stephenson came off the bench again and sparked the Lakers' fourth-quarter run by scoring eight of his 12 points, including burying back-to-back 3-pointers during the spurt.

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Here is what you need to know before the Lakers seek their third straight win.

'The Lakers are a good team, ' Kokoskov said. When Bryant was shown on the big screen prior to the second quarter, Staples erupted.

But the man of the week has been Lance Stephenson.

"That's one of my favorite players", a visibly excited Stephenson said afterward. "But I'm not pleased with any part of game, including defence".

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

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Thus, it is absolutely absurd to think that this is going to be a season-long trend for the Lakers. He has some of the quickest hands that this league has. "He's a big-time game-changer for us when he's playing aggressive like that".