LeBron James on Thursday had 28 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds while leading the Los Angeles Lakers’ late rally for his first home victory at Staples Center, 128-111 over the previously unbeaten Denver Nuggets.
Kyle Kuzma scored 22 points and JaVale McGee added 21 to complement James’ 74th career triple-double, his first with his new team.
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 three-pointers.
James got Staples Center rocking on a go-ahead dunk with 3 minutes, 31 seconds to play before Lonzo Ball made an artful step-back three-pointer.
Kuzma added two huge dunks down the stretch of Los Angeles’ second win in two days after an 0-3 start.
Nikola Jokic scored 24 points for the Nuggets, who were off to their best start since the 2009-2010 season. Jamal Murray scored 22 points and Monte Morris had 20, but Denver could not answer the Lakers’ rally.
In Thursday’s other games, it was:
‧ Celtics 101, Thunder 95
‧ Pistons 110, Cavaliers 103
‧ Trail Blazers 128, Magic 114
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