Los Angeles Lakers Report Card: Game 4 vs. Phoenix Suns

26 October, 2018, 13:44 | Author: Isabel Grant
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"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 25 minutes, he shot 10-of-14 with 23 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists.

When Kobe Bryant took a courtside seat in the first quarter, Staples Center buzzed with excitement for the mere sight of the most popular athlete in this building's history.

But Phoenix committed four turnovers in a 17-2 Los Angeles outburst that put the Lakers up 63-43 on Josh Hart's running dunk with 3:51 left in the first half. Los Angeles will still be without Rondo, who is serving a three-game suspension, and Ingram, who is suspended for four games, for their roles in a fight with Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets on Saturday. "[One] of the all-time Laker greats".

James wowed throughout Thursday night's game, completely controlling the offense with 28 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his first triple-double as a member of the purple and gold.

Jonas Valanciunas scored 16 points, Serge Ibaka had 15 and Norman Powell added 10 for the Raptors, who also won five straight to start the 2015-16 season.

"We just came out on the short end today, but we've got a couple of days off to revamp ourselves", said Morris, who added seven assists in just his eighth National Basketball Association game.

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"This is what I want to say about the asthma", McGee said when asked about it after the game. The Nuggets entered giving up less than 100 points a game.

After starting the season with close losses to three playoff contenders, the Lakers went out and dominated a novice Phoenix team on Wednesday.

"He's a very gifted basketball player, a very cerebral basketball player".

"For me to be able to compete against him for all those years and then share the same jersey as him at this point is pretty special. and for him to take the time out to come and watch us play tonight was pretty cool".

"The first couple of games, when we fell behind, we stayed behind", James said. "We felt like their big man couldn't match our intensity, so when I got in there, I was like, 'Man, I'm going to attack the big man'".

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