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Lakers continue to grow behind LeBron James’ play

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Los Angeles has continued to take strides forward over the last few weeks with their young core taking strides behind James’ strong performance this season.

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Los Angeles — The Los Angeles Lakers grabbed their third straight win with a strong all-around performance moving past the Phoenix Suns 120-96 on Sunday afternoon. 

It was the kind of performance that saw them get balanced scoring throughout their roster with six players finishing in double figures with LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma combining for 45 points in the contest, which marked the Lakers’ third straight win. Meanwhile, the team shot 50 percent from the field while dishing out 26 assists, and held a decisive 62-46 advantage in the paint.

Although there have been a few hiccups along the way, Los Angeles has been trending in the right direction over the last few weeks that saw them come off a strong month of November finishing with a 10-4 record, which is the first time that they were able to record 10 wins in a month since March 2012.

Although there is still plenty of room for growth, the Lakers are beginning to trend north with their play that has seen them win six out of their last eight games that have pushed them to one of the eight best records in the Western Conference. 

Much of which has been James’ shoulder as he has led the way offensively currently averaging 27.8 points on 52.0 percent shooting from the floor with 7.7 rebounds, and 6.7 assists per contest. He had poured in another strong all-around effort with 22 points, eight assists, and six rebounds against the Suns. Beyond that, James is focused on helping the team continue to get better with each game being a learning experience.

“I think we are just getting better every game,” James said. “I keep harping on every game is another learning experience for us. The younger guys just continue to (grow). It’s fun to win. We learn from our mistakes when we lose and we learn from our mistakes when we win. We know what’s winning basketball for us is defending and sharing the ball.”

Although there is a tremendous level of expectations with James now in the fold leading the charge, the Lakers have continued to adopt the mentality of taking the singular approach of moving forward looking to just get better game-by-game. 

“I honestly don’t know our expectations,” Kuzma said. “We are a new team and super young. We just want to keep getting better.”

Los Angeles is set to next take the floor on Wednesday night at home against the San Antonio Spurs, who they have dropped the first two games against so far this season.

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.
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