On Wednesday night, for the first time this season, the Lakers went to the line more times in a game than their opponent, shooting 23 free throws to the Suns' 21.
"Make 'em dance Lance".
Lakers icon Kobe Bryant watched Thursday's game from courtside and James added: "Of course you notice him sitting right there on the baseline".
"Tonight he had five steals, every time he's in the line-up, he has two, three, four steals, deflections, all those things, and helping us get on the break".
"The teammates had a long antagonizing history with then Pacer Stephenson even once caught blowing intoJames" ear to distract him. Luckily, however, the Suns' other star - Deandre Ayton - played great and finished with a 22-point, 11-rebound double-double. They had seven players in double figures.
The Lakers played their third straight game without suspended starters Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo. After being only up two points after the first quarter, the team feasted for a 44-point second quarter performance.
Nikola Jokic scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Nuggets, who fell to 4-1.
Lonzo Ball added a step-back 3-pointer of his own, capping a 15-2 run that put the Lakers up by five with three minutes remaining. Rondo will return when the Lakers play at San Antonio on Saturday, while Ingram has one more game to sit out for last Saturday's melee with the Houston Rockets.
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. The compact guard finished last season with the Lakers, averaging 15.6 points in 17 games after getting traded by James' Cavaliers.
In Atlanta, Kent Bazemore scored 32 points as the Atlanta Hawks rallied from a 26 point first half deficit to defeat the Dallas Mavericks 111-104.
"That's one of my favorite players", a visibly excited Stephenson said afterward. "When we get to that threshold of greatness that we can be at, I feel like we're going to be unstoppable".