Kobe Bryant proved to be lucky charm like his Staples Center appearance of the season coincided with the first home win of the L.A Lakers LeBron James era. James was strong and efficient, racking up triple doubles with 28 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds, his first with the Lakers, as LA clinched a 121-114 victory over the previously unbeaten Denver Nuggets, with Bryant looking on from courtside. I did not get a chance to share words with him, but I totally discovered him sitting there on the baseline, James said. An all time Laker what he’s made for this franchise in the 20 plus years he was here.
It speaks wonders for me to compete against him all the years and for me personally to be capable to share a jersey. For him to spend some time to watch us play tonight was pretty cool.” Denver led by eight halfway throughout the last period, but consecutive 3 pointers from Lance Stephenson sparked a revival that flipped the clash on its head. James then returned to recover the lead with a thunderous dunk at 3: 29 of the 4th, and the Lakers will never give up their advantage. The result came as a relief to the LA audience, coming after defeats to Houston from the famous fighting game and also to San Antonio in overtime thriller.
Having gone 0-3 to start life as Laker, James has now helped orchestrate back-to back wins on consecutive nights, having arrested the short losing skid against the Suns in Phoenix on Wednesday. Head coach Luke Walton admitted that Bryant’s existence had inspired his team. Yes, it’s clear, Walton said when asked when there was fresh energy in the Staples Center once Bryant turned up. I think everybody gets excited. Not only the staff, but the players, anyone who’s part of the Laker family, he’s a big part of the organizations. Despite another effective performance from influential Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic, the Lakers managed to utilize their up tempo strategy to favourable effect and watched contributions from Kyle Kuzma and JaVale McGee. Jokic top scored for Denver with 24, while Jamal Murray added 22. This was the last game of Rajon Rondo’s suspension for his role in the fight against the Rockets, while Brandon Ingram is prohibited for one additional game, the Lakers visit to San Antonio on Saturday.