It took longer than perhaps most expected, but LeBron James and the new-look Los Angeles Lakers are finally in the win column.
James scored 19 points to lead seven players in double figures, and the Lakers rolled past the Phoenix Suns 131-113 for their first win over the season. After dropping three straight to start the year, James did all his damage in the first three quarters Wednesday night and watched from the bench as the reserves finished off the rout.
James added 10 assists, seven rebounds and three steals. He shot 7-of-16 from the field and did not turn the ball over. Lance Stephenson led the Lakers with 23 points. JaVale McGee added 20, Kyle Kuzma 17, Josh Hart 15, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 14 and Lonzo Ball 12.
"It feels great," James said. "It's 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."
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