LeBron's triple-double leads Lakers past Nuggets

Lakers coach Luke Walton got fined for criticizing the refs. More

When he splashed in the open 3-pointer, momentarily quieted the spirited Staples Center crowd and flexed for good measure while heading to the other end of the court in the direction of Kobe Bryant, it was easy to forget that Monte Morris was essentially playing in just his sixth National Basketball Association game. "I was really impressed with Lance", Bryant agreed.

"Of course", James said. "Kobe!" chant in the fourth quarter - and it was immediately drowned out by cheers when LeBron James hit a 3-pointer. "When we get to that threshold of greatness that we can be at, I feel like we're going to be unstoppable".

What the Lakers are good as it going to help them a ton; they push the pace, score a lot of points and drive to the basket a ton.

One night after earning their first win of the LeBron era in Phoenix, the Lakers beat the Nuggets at Staples for the fourth straight time.

Walton was furious with the officiating on Monday night after the Lakers dropped a 143-142 overtime loss at home to the San Antonio Spurs.

Lonzo Ball scored 12 points with eight assists for the Lakers, while Josh Hart added 12 points in his second start of the season. "That is one of my favorite players".




Bryant said he loved what he saw from Kyle Kuzma (22 points), who got to train with Bryant this offseason. He danced a little bit late in the game but for the most part he's playing the style we want him to play.

Ball disrupted the Nuggets' offense with his active hands, constantly deflecting or knocking the ball away from the Nuggets inside while also applying full-court pressure at times as well. Jamal Murray scored 22 points and Monte Morris had 20, but Denver couldn't answer the Lakers' rally led by James, who posted his third career triple-double in Staples Center for his third different team. "He told us we've got to lock in on defense and play unselfish basketball and get a W". "Give Lance Stephenson credit".

Stephenson's display didn't go unnoticed with Walton heaping praise on the 28-year-old at full-time. "Every time he's in the lineup, he's getting two, three, four steals, deflections".

Although Bryant and James were pitted as rivals when both were playing, there's always been a mutual respect between the two.

"People say, 'Oh he only can play 20 minutes because he has asthma.' No. there's a lot of people with asthma in the league". She looks nice playing, too.

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