All five Lakers (2-3) starters, a group which also included Kyle Kuzma (22), Lonzo Ball (12), former Nugget JaVale McGee (21) and Josh Hart (12) all finished in double-figures in scoring. The next trip down, he launched another three-and hit it.
"Six minutes is a lifetime on the road with a guy like LeBron James", Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.
But the result was even more impressive: The Lakers trailed by eight points with six minutes left in the fourth quarter before Lance Stephenson, who finished with 12 points, started a 15-2 rally with back-to-back 3-pointers.
"It feels great; it's a win, period", said James, who got to rest in the fourth quarter with the Lakers up by as much as 27.
Removing this year's preseason game from the equation, the last time that James faced the Nuggets he delivered one of the most clutch performances of his entire career. With 28 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, James became the first Lakers player with a 20-point triple-double since Kobe Bryant in December 2014.
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Both teams shot 50 percent from the field but the Nuggets were a paltry 6 of 23 from 3-point range.
They were also missing Brandon Ingram who was slapped with a four-game ban for starting the melee, then, after being separated, charging back into the kerfuffle and throwing a wild sucker punch from behind at an unsuspecting Houston player.
"We could feel his anger", Lance Stephenson told ESPN's Dave McMenamin of Walton's disposition during the morning meeting at the team hotel.
Once longtime rivals, James was thankful to see Bryant come out and watch him and the Lakers.
"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".
With that in mind, let's take a look at a particular set play Phoenix ran against the Dallas Mavericks in each team's opening game last week.