LeBron James does best Stephen Curry impersonation before Lakers v. Nuggets

LeBron James does best Stephen Curry impersonation before Lakers v. Nuggets

LeBron James does best Stephen Curry impersonation before Lakers v. Nuggets

On Wednesday night, for the first time this season, the Lakers went to the line more times in a game than their opponent, shooting 23 free throws to the Suns' 21.

James now has 74 career triple-doubles, four shy of Wilt Chamberlain for fifth all-time, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Elsewhere, Stephen Curry scored 51 points in three quarters, including 11 three-pointers, as defending champions the Golden State Warriors beat the Washington Wizards 144-122.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) attempts to drive the ball past Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (4) during the second half at Staples Center.

Los Angeles was without Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram for their roles in an altercation with the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.

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.

"The Lakers are a good team", Kokoskov said. "That is one of my favorite players".

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It's still early in the season, but the Suns are averaging the second-most passes per game (through October 23) after passing the ball better than just eight teams past year. The former MVP coasted to a fairly well-rounded performance which included 19 points, 10 assists, and 7 rebounds in 28 minutes.

Nikola Jokic scored 24 points for the Nuggets, who were off to their best start since the 2009-10 season.

"He's a very gifted basketball player", James said of Ball. "That is what we will continue to harp on throughout the season is our defensive approach", James said. "He's a big-time game-changer for us when he's playing aggressively like that".

As expected, James thrived as maestro of the Lakers' offense.

With that in mind, let's take a look at a particular set play Phoenix ran against the Dallas Mavericks in each team's opening game last week.

The new-look Suns want to establish an identity based on grit and focus, qualities they can control as they develop chemistry and sharpen on-court play. "Tonight when we fell behind, we learned from our mistakes, and that's one of the most important things in life".

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