Lance says Lakers needed win over Suns for angry Walton

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During the pre-game warm-ups before their duel with the Denver Nuggets, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers was making it rain from downtown - right at Stephen Curry range.

"It feels great to win, period", he said.

"Tonight he had five steals, every time he's in the line-up, he has two, three, four steals, deflections, all those things, and helping us get on the break".

Walton had been fined $15,000 by the National Basketball Association earlier Wednesday for criticizing officiating, but he seemed more put off by the Lakers' defense, which surrendered over 117 points per 100 possessions through the first three games. "We watched a lot of film yesterday and today, and Coach was very mad at us, and he got on us about our defense and talking on D on the defensive end, and being very unselfish".

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.

James flirted with what would have been his 74th career triple-double, finishing with 19 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter of a 131-113 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.

"This is what I want to say about the asthma", McGee said when asked about it after the game. "Stop bringing that up like I'm out here wheezing and having asthma attacks".

"He's a very gifted basketball player", James said of Ball.

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What the Lakers struggle at, three-point shooting, interior defending and closing out games, could hurt the team long-term.

"Probably Denver because of altitude", McGee said.

"They have asthma medicine", he added.

On Stephenson, James said: "When Lance steps on the floor, he's a spark for us".

Kuzma added two huge dunks down the stretch of Los Angeles' second win in two days after an 0-3 start.

The Lakers were playing without point guard Rajon Rondo and forward Brandon Ingram, who were both serving suspensions for their role in a fight with the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

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

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