LeBron James claims first Los Angeles Lakers victory

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His 51 points is the most by an National Basketball Association player this season, surpassing Detroit Pistons power forward Blake Griffin's 50 in their victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, while Curry also moved above Suns guard Jamal Crawford into fifth on the league's all-time three-pointers made list, with 2,162. Russell Westbrook contributed 13 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, but he hit just 5 of 20 field-goal attempts, including 0 of 5 from 3-point range.

Denver looked to be in a good position to pull out the victory leading 106-98 with about five minutes to play until Lance "Make 'Em dance Lance " Stephenson goes on a solo 8-2 run trimming the Denver lead to 108-106, reigniting the Staples Center crowd". After the game, James was asked whether he noticed Bryant in the arena. "It is a win, period, but it feels good to know what we have been doing over training camp and these first few games to continue to get better".

"The teammates had a long antagonizing history with then Pacer Stephenson even once caught blowing intoJames" ear to distract him.

Twenty-four hours on from recording their first win of the season against the Suns, the Lakers got off the mark at home - triumphing 121-114 with James recording his first triple-double for the franchise.

"We got stops. They are one of the best offensive teams we have in this league and when you do that you are able to get out and run", said James, who posted his 74th career triple-double.

Lance Stephenson had 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, JaVale McGee added 20 points and Kyle Kuzma had 17 for the Lakers.

Nikola Jokic scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Nuggets, who fell to 4-1. Rondo will return when the Lakers play at San Antonio on Saturday, while Ingram has one more game to sit out for last Saturday's melee with the Houston Rockets. The Lakers won two of three games.

Lillard scored 34 of his points in the second half as the Trail Blazers put up a rock solid defense and outhustled the Magic on the offensive end. Deandre Ayton, the first draft pick this year, had 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 24 points while Morris added 21 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

Thunder struck Paul George scored 22 points for Oklahoma City, who are winless on the season.

The Lakers led 76-54 at the break and Phoenix never got closer than 16 in the third quarter.

Damian Lillard scored a season-high 41 points, including 19 in the third quarter, and Portland kicked off its first road trip of the season with a win over Orlando. "So, I mean, we took care of business tonight".

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