PHOENIX – After an angry Luke Walton did not resist his team's poor defense at the morning team meeting, the Los Angeles Lakers responded to their coach and drove a dominant second quarter to their first win of the season.
"We felt his anger," Lance Stephenson told Dave McMenamin of ESPN about Walton's disposition during the morning meeting at Team Hotel. "We had to get this W."
LeBron James earned his first Laker victory and helped stop a three-game losing streak in the 131 Lakers with an almost triple-double of 19 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds -113 wins the Phoenix Suns
"It feels great, it's a win, point," said James, who was able to rest up to 27 minutes with the Lakers in the fourth quarter. "But it feels good, we know what we did in the first few games over the training camp [and] to get better."
"We are very talented offensively," James added. "But I think it will always start with our defense."
The Seven Lakers hit the double-digit mark when Los Angeles outstripped the Suns 44-24 in the second quarter despite playing Rondo and Brandon Ingram Rajon without suspended starters . The defense of the Lakers, who had given away an average of 131.6 points in the first three games, forced nine of the 20 Suns sales in the second quarter to 15 points.
Stephenson – the key to victory after coming in Walton earned an assist for the Lakers' defensive line-up by 23 points, eight assists and eight rebounds, and increased communication.
"We talked a lot about the defense," said Stephenson, who provided the team to Lakers with a spark of eight points and 4-for-4 shooting from the field in the second quarter. "We watched a lot of film yesterday and today and Coach was very angry with us, and he talked us into defense because of our defense and talked about defensive and was very selfless So, I mean, we took care of the business tonight When asked how angry Walton was at the team hotel's morning meeting, Stephenson replied, "Oh, he was crazy."
"He came in very angry today, shouting at us, he told us" "We We need to prepare for the defensive and selflessly play basketball and get a W. "
Lakers coach Luke Walton went on the offensive after LA's overtime loss to the Spurs on Monday, and LeBron James was incredulous several times during the game that Fouls did not After feeling he was beaten in the paint.
Sun's star Devin Booker left in the third quarter of Wednesday night loss to the Lakers with a left hamstring
Walton was furious with the amateurs on Monday night after the Lakers suffered a 143: 42 overtime loss at home to the San Antonio Spurs. Walton criticized officials for what he and the Lakers considered multiple missed calls and was fined $ 15,000 by the NBA on Wednesday.
On Wednesday night, for the first time this season, the Lakers went to a game more often As they shot their opponent, they shot 23 free throws at the 21 of the Suns. They went into the game, concentrating on reducing their fouling and defending, rebounding and splitting the ball.
JaVale McGee continued to exceed expectations and placed his best game as Laker with 20 points, six rebounds and four blocks in 25 minutes. McGee struggled with No. 1 overall point range Deandre Ayton, who had 22 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks for Phoenix, who lost Devin Booker to a tense Achilles tendon strand in the late third quarter.
Through four games, McGee has an average of 16.2 points, seven rebounds and 3.2 blocks in 24 minutes, and he then made it clear that he can play more and is not constrained by his asthma condition.
"That's what I want to say about the asthma," McGee said when asked about the game. "Stop talking like I'm gasping out here and suffering from asthma attacks, I've never had an asthma attack in my life, I think that definitely lowered my value as a basketball player."
"People say, & # 39; Oh, he can only play 20 minutes because he has asthma. No, there are many people with asthma in the league. I feel like someone has apologized to me like, "Cool, we can play him low minutes because he has asthma."
McGee, who has averaged no more than 18.1 minutes per game in his previous six seasons, believes he says he had to play at shorter intervals due to asthma while spending three seasons in Denver from 2012 to 2015 ,
"Probably Denver because of the altitude," said McGee. "Everyone has trouble breathing in Denver." 19659002] "You have asthma medicine," he added. "There is a reason why I take it, so I have no asthma when I take my asthma remedies."
The Lakers (1-3) will put together their first winning streak as unbeaten Denver Nuggets (4-0) visit Los Angeles on Thursday, without Rondo serving a three-match ban and Ingram, who is locked for four games roles in a fight with Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets on Saturday.
"I do not feel like people saw the first three games we played, we played against playoff teams," said McGee, who has also scored his first 3 goals since the 2012/13 season scored second place overall in his career. "Great playoff teams too.
" So just for us to be together I feel extremely happy for a few months. When we come to that threshold of greatness that we can be, I feel like we are unstoppable. "