LeBron James on Lakers' first home win | NBA Sound

LeBron James on Lakers' first home win | NBA Sound

LeBron James on Lakers' first home win | NBA Sound

The Lakers got their first win of the season on Wednesday night in Phoenix, but they claimed their first quality win on Thursday, beating the Nuggets 121-114 in front of a Staples Center crowd that included Kobe Bryant.

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. The victory over the Suns was also our first look at undrafted rookie Johnathan Williams, going the distance with 20 minutes of playing time, to go along with 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 assist.

"Kobe!" chant in the fourth quarter - and it was immediately drowned out by cheers when LeBron James hit a 3-pointer.

"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.

In the process, James recorded his first triple-double with the Lakers, third ever at Staples Center, fifth against the Nuggets and 74th of his career.

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.

Nikola Jokic scored 24 points for the Nuggets, who were off to their best start since the 2009-10 season. With 28 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, James became the first Lakers player with a 20-point triple-double since Kobe Bryant in December 2014.

As the Nuggets called for timeout, an amped James ran back down court to find Stephenson and celebrate the pass.

The primary piece to the Suns offense, the 21-year-old guard is averaging 27.8 points, 6.8 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game.

The Lakers also survived despite their third straight game without suspended starters Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo. Lance Stephenson also scored a dozen for the Lakers. He has some of the quickest hands that this league has.

Lance Stephenson led the Lakers with 23 points off the bench in Phoenix. "Every time he's in the lineup, he's getting two, three, four steals, deflections".

"He's doing a lot of things right now after basketball", James said.

With that in mind, let's take a look at a particular set play Phoenix ran against the Dallas Mavericks in each team's opening game last week. "So, I mean, we took care of business tonight".

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