Lonzo Ball on biggest adjustment playing with LeBron James

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Jamal Murray scored 22 points and Monte Morris had 20, but Denver couldn't answer the Lakers' rally led by James, who posted his third career triple-double in Staples Center for his third different team.

The Los Angeles Lakers started the 2018-2019 season with a 0-3 record, something not many people expected with LeBron James joining the team.

In the second game of a back-to-back, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers play the Denver Nuggets who are still undefeated.

The Lakers might not be now constructed to be a top-flight defensive team, but there were some encouraging signs in their best effort of the season.

After the Lakers ran the Phoenix Suns out of their own building on Wednesday, Ball told Spectrum SportsNet that he's slowly learning how to play with James. Kyle Kuzma adds 22 points and JaVale McGee scores 21 points as the Lakers give the Nuggets their first loss of the season.

Isaiah Canaan threw an ill-advised no-look pass to his right, an easy swipe for Lakers reserve Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who then swiftly got the ball ahead to Lance Stephenson, who playfully tossed it off the glass for a leaping Lonzo Ball to slam through the rim. "That is what we will continue to harp on throughout the season is our defensive approach", James said.

The Lakers won despite playing without suspended starters Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo.

Lakers: Rookie Svi Mykhailiuk had four points.

The two-time MVP, 30, finished three points short of his career high of 54 and three three-pointers short of breaking his National Basketball Association record of 13 made in a single game as he did not enter for the fourth quarter. Ingram will miss one more game for his part in the Lakers' melee with the Houston Rockets last weekend, while Rondo returns Saturday in San Antonio. Bryant spoke to a group of season ticket holders before the game about his forthcoming book. "I'm going to sleep it off, and tomorrow I'll have a better understanding of what's going on". "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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