LeBron James Seals First Lakers Victory Against Suns

LeBron James had 19 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds as Los Angeles hammered the Phoenix Suns 131-113.

It was the first win for the four-time MVP as a Laker, and he would have posted his 74th career triple double if he hadn’t sat out the fourth with the game already in hand.

But this Laker win, he said, was by committee as seven players reached double figures.

“It feels great to win, period,” he said. “But it feels good for us to know that what we have been doing over training camp and these first few games of the season that we are continuing to get better.

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

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

James signed with the Lakers three months ago after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to four straight NBA final appearances, including their first championship in 2016.

The 33-year-old joins a Lakers club that has missed the playoffs in each of their last five seasons, the longest playoff drought in franchise history for the 16-time NBA champions.

Meanwhile, Devin Booker led the Suns with 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists but left the game in the third quarter with a sore hamstring. Deandre Ayton, the first draft pick this year, had 22 points and 11 rebounds.

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.

In Houston, Donovan Mitchell scored 38 points to power the Utah Jazz to a 100-89 win over the Rockets who struggled without the suspended Paul and then they lost James Harden, the reigning NBA MVP, in the fourth quarter with an injury.

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