"[One] of the all-time Laker greats".
"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.
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. No doubt we will continue to hear mentions of McGee's asthma as the season goes on, particularly on national broadcasts when these sorts of things get trotted out as details for color commentators to mention.
James was in a deferential mood for most of the night, but still finished with 28 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, marking the first triple double of his Lakers tenure and the 74 of his career.
Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray also recorded a double-double, his first of the season, with 22 points and 10 Rebounds.
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They were also missing Brandon Ingram who was slapped with a four-game ban for starting the melee, then, after being separated, charging back into the kerfuffle and throwing a wild sucker punch from behind at an unsuspecting Houston player. Morris, a second-year reserve, turned in his finest performance as a pro, contributing 20 points and seven assists without turning the ball over in 27 minutes off the bench in just the eighth game of his career.
"For me to be able to compete against him all those years". The Nuggets entered giving up less than 100 points a game.
With the Lakers down eight and lacking in life, Lance Stephenson buried a three-pointer midway through the fourth quarter, and it was immediately clear that he was headed for an extended heat check.
Stephenson and other Lakers said they couldn't help but notice Bryant sitting there in the corner. I feel like that's definitely lowered my value as a basketball player. "So for him to take the time out to come watch us play tonight was pretty cool".
The new-look Suns want to establish an identity based on grit and focus, qualities they can control as they develop chemistry and sharpen on-court play.