LeBron hails Ball, Stephenson after Lakers win again

LeBron hails Ball, Stephenson after Lakers win again

LeBron hails Ball, Stephenson after Lakers win again

"We got better tonight and we are going to try and continue that going forward".

Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton was fined $15,000 on Wednesday for publicly criticizing the officiating following Monday's 143-142 overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs. "He told us we've got to lock in on defense and play unselfish basketball and get a W".

With Kobe Bryant watching from a courtside seat for the first time since LeBron's arrival in LA, the Lakers trailed by eight points with six minutes left in the fourth quarter before Lance Stephenson started a 15-2 rally with back-to-back 3-pointers.

It was the Lakers' first victory at home this season, after winning their first game overall Wednesday at Phoenix. To add insult to injury, Suns' star guard Devin Booker limped his way off the court in the third quarter and did not return for the rest of the game.

Rondo's three-game suspension is now complete, while Ingram has one more game remaining on his four-game suspension. "But I'm not pleased with any part of game, including defence".

"He's a very gifted basketball player", James said of Ball. Phoenix has lost its last three games by 28, 20 and 18 points.

In a recent article on ESPN, McGee said that his asthma is not as bad as folks have made it out to be, and the rumored severity of his condition may have actualy hurt him over the course of his career.

"They have asthma medicine", he added.

Elsewhere, Kawhi Leonard scored a season-high 35 points to help the Toronto Raptors improve to 5-0 with a 112-105 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, equalling their best start in franchise history.

Los Angeles was without Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram for their roles in an altercation with the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.

"I don't feel like people have been looking at the first three games we played".

"[Stephenson's] tenacity, his competitive nature just kinda brought us back into that game", James said.

"So for us to only be together for a couple of months, I feel like we're jelling extremely well. 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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