LOS ANGELES – When LeBron James hit the free throw line with 12.9 seconds, an affirmative Kobe Bryant clapped and pumped his two fists to encourage his old team and his new superstar to get their best win early in the season  Bryant, sitting at the corner of the baseline, rarely played in the Staples Center, and the former Laker watched his old rival James make two milestones: his first triple double and his first home win as Laker.
Behind James' # 28 points, 11 assists, 11 rebounds and three steals, the Los Angeles Lakers handed the Denver Nuggets their first loss of season with a 121-114 win over a jubilant Staples Center.
"I absolutely [noticed him] of course, you see him sitting there on the baseline over there," said James, who had no chance to talk to Bryant. What he did for this franchise in his over 20 years that he was here … it speaks wonders
"For me to stand against him all years and years then for me to share a jersey, the same jersey as he did at that time … I think it's very special. "
James now has 74 career triple-double, four shy of Wilt Chamberlain for fifth place According to ESPN Stats & Information, James is the first Lakers player to feature a 20-point double against Denver since December 201
The Lakers felt the extra energy Bryant brought with them. Last season, he and his family retired from their jerseys. Englisch: www.mjfriendship.de/en/index.php?op…=view&id=167 # 8 and # 24. Bryant, who sat next to Rob Pelinka, the director general of the Lakers and his former agent, also felt the humming at the Staples Center with the Lakers having a new superstar in James – it's the kind of excitement It has not really existed here since Bryant played and the Lakers win.
"It's great to have this excitement back in the building," Bryant said after the win.
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Bryant watched the Lakers clear a quarter-final eight-point deficit with a 15-2 flash in just over three minutes. Excluding the starters Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram, the Lakers (2-3) won for the second time in a row with all five starters in the double-digit range. Rondo will return when the Lakers play in San Antonio on Saturday, while Ingram has one more game left for the Houston Rockets on Saturday.
Lance Stephenson came off the bench again, breaking the Lakers in the fourth quarter by hitting eight of his 12 points, including burying back-to-back 3 hands during the spur. He also fired a ball pass from beyond the half court through two nuggets at a straying James for a Dunk who left the Lakers the lead for a good 3:30.
When the Nuggets called for time-out, an amputee James ran to the court to recall Stephenson and the passport.
"I was really impressed with Lance," Bryant said.
Stephenson and other Lakers said that they could not help but see Bryant sitting in the corner. When Bryant was shown on the big screen before the second quarter, Staples broke out.
"Oh man, Kobe, it's a blessing for him to be at the game," Stephenson said. "This is one of my favorite players, it was like, good game, after the game, so I was a little bit hyped."
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Bryant said he loved what he saw from Kyle Kuzma (22 points), who could train with Bryant in this off-season. Even the former Laker gave Lonzo Ball his best all-round game of the season. The ball, which had its third start in place of the locked Rondo, had 12 points, eight assists, six rebounds and five steals.
Ball interrupted the Nuggets' offensive with his active hands, constantly diverting the ball from the Nuggets while at times applying full-time pressure. He provided excellent defensive support for Denver's Nikola Jokic (24 points, 11 rebounds, six turnovers) and also guarded Jamal Murray (22 points, 10 rebounds).
"He's a very talented basketball player," said James of Ball. "Very cerebral basketball player, I think if he plays aggressive basketball and thinks first, he shoots everything else, he has some of the fastest hands this league has."
"Many people always try to discredit something He can play offensively, but they never give him enough credit, which he does defensively," James continued. "Every time he's in the lineup, he gets two, three, four steals, distractions. "
James was grateful for his longtime rival Bryant comes out and watches him and the Lakers.
"He's doing a lot of things after the basketball," James said. "His daughter looks like she's on her way to playing basketball and looks good, so it was pretty cool for him to take the time to watch us play."
Dave McMenamin of ESPN contributed to this report.