Neither team led by more than six points in the first three quarters of a typically up-tempo game between two of the NBA's fastest offenses. Stephenson scored 12 points in the first half on 6-of-7 shooting. Bryant, who sat next to Rob Pelinka, the Lakers' general manager and his former agent, also felt the buzz in Staples Center with the Lakers having a new superstar in James.
One night after earning their first win of the LeBron era in Phoenix, the Lakers beat the Nuggets at Staples for the fourth straight time. He's an all-time Lakers great, what he's done for this franchise in his 20 plus years that he was here. Deandre Ayton, the first draft pick this year, had 22 points and 11 rebounds. "We picked up where we left off and got this win".
Lance Stephenson led the Lakers with 23 points off the bench in Phoenix.
Lonzo Ball added a step-back 3-pointer of his own, capping a 15-2 run that put the Lakers up by five with three minutes remaining. It helps to have personnel on the perimeter who can hit shots to whom the Suns' playmakers can pass the ball, but there's no doubt that Kokoskov's values offensively are permeating the team on the floor.
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The only surprise was that it took half an hour for City to break the deadlock, Silva following up his victor against Hoffenheim with an emphatic finish to set his team on their way.
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It added: "As the foreign secretary has said, this was a awful act and those responsible must be held to account". The Saudi foreign minister noted at length the strategic relationship between the USA and Saudi Arabia.
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The second half wasn't much better, as West Ham pushed forward in search of an equalizer and Tottenham tried to see out the win. We are creating chances. "I thought it was a tight game and it was a sloppy goal to concede from a cross".
Nikola Jokic scored 24 points for the Nuggets, who were off to their best start since the 2009-10 season.
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. "We had a couple good defensive possessions and showed some kind of resistance defensively and we had a close game". I feel like that's definitely lowered my value as a basketball player. No doubt we will continue to hear mentions of McGee's asthma as the season goes on, particularly on national broadcasts when these sorts of things get trotted out as details for color commentators to mention. "I feel like somebody stamped that excuse on me like, 'Cool, we can play him low minutes because he has asthma'".
"But if we are going to play a certain way, let's not reward people for flopping 30 feet from the hole on plays that have nothing to do with that possession".