LeBron James came up clutch in his last game against Denver

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They had seven players in double figures.

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.

"He came in today very mad".

Walton was furious with the officiating on Monday night after the Lakers dropped a 143-142 overtime loss at home to the San Antonio Spurs.

Walton had been fined $15,000 by the National Basketball Association earlier Wednesday for criticizing officiating, but he seemed more put off by the Lakers' defense, which surrendered over 117 points per 100 possessions through the first three games.

Yet although James' contribution of 28 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds was central to his side's success, the four-time NBA MVP was eager to highlight the efforts of his team-mates.

James flirted with what would have been his 74th career triple-double, finishing with 19 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter of a 131-113 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. "But I'm not pleased with any part of game, including defence".

"LeBron is doing what he always does", Denver coach Michael Malone said.

"He's a very gifted basketball player", James said of Ball.

"People say, 'Oh he only can play 20 minutes because he has asthma.' No. there's a lot of people with asthma in the league".

"They have asthma medicine", he added.

The Lakers (1-3) will look to put together their first winning streak when the undefeated Denver Nuggets (4-0) visit on Thursday. No doubt we will continue to hear mentions of McGee's asthma as the season goes on, particularly on national broadcasts when these sorts of things get trotted out as details for color commentators to mention.

The Lakers were playing without point guard Rajon Rondo and forward Brandon Ingram, who were both serving suspensions for their role in a fight with the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

"I thought if we didn't get this win tonight, they'd take us off nationally televised games", James joked. "Great playoff teams, too. We felt like their big man couldn't match our intensity, so when I got in there, I was like, 'Man, I'm going to attack the big man'".