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LeBron James notches first career triple-double with Lakers

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James helped guide Los Angeles to their first home win behind his triple-double effort, but important saw continued growth.

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers kept the ball rolling on Thursday night handing the Denver Nuggets their first loss of the season toppling them 121-114. 

It was a collective push forward for the Lakers that saw LeBron James lead the charge posting his first triple-double as a member of the franchise and 74th overall in his career behind 28 points, 11 assists, and 11 rebounds. 

“Absolutely, it’s my first home win as a Laker,” James said. “My first triple-double as a Laker. I felt if we didn’t get this win tonight they wouldn’t probably take us off nationally televised games. It’s a good win. Anytime you are anything individually that results in wins that’s what important to me.”

James and the Lakers were able to earn their home win of the season that had a familiar face in the crowd with Kobe Bryant in attendance after being at a season ticket holder event that promoted his new book. It was team outing that was more than just the 33-year-old leading the charge as second-year forward Kyle Kuzma poured in a performance with 22 points, which was his second 20-point outing of the season. 

Center JaVale McGee chipped in 21 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the floor providing steady production in the frontcourt. Second-year point guard Lonzo Ball provided another solid outing as he 12 points, eight assists, six rebounds, and five steals. Meanwhile, Lance Stephenson was huge in the fourth quarter with 8 of his 12 points for the contest that all helped push the Lakers on top.

It was a collective effort that James spoke quite highly of the unselfish nature of the play that he and his teammates had on the floor.

“We know we’re very good when we share the ball,” James said. “When everybody feels in rhythm and, more importantly, when we get stops we often get on a run and everybody feels part of the offense.”

The Lakers have continued to play with a strong effort team efforts offensively that have seen various players step up on that end of the floor on different nights. Beyond all of that, James has begun to see a difference begin to develop stronger habits through the experience with each passing game that believes is vital for the team, especially the younger players. 

“We’ve been competitive in all the games, I think tonight we fell behind and we just learned from our mistakes,” James said. “That’s the most important thing. I always talk about our best teacher in life experience. We experience being up, being down, and close games. Then we just fell behind and the game got away from us. 

“Tonight we fell down seven points in the fourth quarter and we just didn’t let the game go away. We kept pushing, and guys started to make plays and get defensive stops. It was a good win for us, especially for our young guys.”

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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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