Los Angeles Lakers Report Card: Game 4 vs. Phoenix Suns

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Stephenson finished with 12 points, four rebounds and four assists in 24 minutes, with eight of those points coming in the decisive 71-second fourth-quarter stretch.

"I just felt like my clutch badge came on", laughed Stephenson, who had 12 points and four assists.

JaVale McGee also continued to exceed expectations, posting his best game as a Laker with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks in 25 minutes.

The Staples Center crowd started a 'Kobe!

It was the Lakers' first victory at home this season, after winning their first game overall Wednesday at Phoenix.

Ingram will miss one more game for his role in the Lakers' brawl with the Houston Rockets last weekend, while Rondo can return Saturday in San Antonio.

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James joins a Lakers club that has missed the playoffs in each of their last five seasons, the longest playoff drought in franchise history for the 16-time National Basketball Association champions. James is the first Lakers player to record a 20-point triple-double since Bryant did so in December 2014 against Denver.

The Nuggets led 106-98 with 6:11 to play after a 3-pointer by Morris before the Lakers got their offense going late against one of the better defensive teams in the National Basketball Association. "We picked up where we left off and got this win". To be fair, all three games were against playoff-caliber teams and with a few plays going the Lakers way, all three results could have been different. The compact guard finished last season with the Lakers, averaging 15.6 points in 17 games after getting traded by James' Cavaliers. "He was like, 'Good game, ' after the game, so I was a little hyped".

Jonas Valanciunas scored 16 points, Serge Ibaka had 15 and Norman Powell added 10 for the Raptors, who also won five straight to start the 2015-16 season.

"For me to be able to compete against him for all those years and then share the same jersey as him at this point is pretty special. and for him to take the time out to come and watch us play tonight was pretty cool".

"A lot of people always try to discredit what he can do offensively but they never give him enough credit what he does defensively", James continued. "When we get to that threshold of greatness that we can be at, I feel like we're going to be unstoppable".

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