Five takeaways from the Lakers' 131-113 win over the Phoenix Suns

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The Los Angeles Lakers won their first regular-season game with LeBron James aboard on Wednesday, and it sounded like coach Luke Walton had made the matchup with the Phoenix Suns a must-win.

The Lakers had seven players in double figures.

Suns: Booker fell two points shy of becoming the first Suns player to score 25 points or more in the first four games of a season since Charlie Scott in 1972-73.

Phoenix guard Devin Booker scored 23 points before leaving with a strained left hamstring late in the third quarter.

After securing the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft for the first time in franchise history, the Phoenix Suns selected DeAndre Ayton who was a star freshman at the University of Arizona.

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James had 10 points and five assists in the second quarter to help the Lakers outscore the Suns 44-24 and take a 76-54 lead into the half.

James drove to the basket in the final seconds, grabbed his own rebound off the glass and put it in with 2.4 seconds left on the clock, giving Los Angeles its biggest lead heading into the break.

The three-time National Basketball Association champion put up 19 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter, with the Lakers 20 points ahead.

Los Angeles finished with 34 assists and eight turnovers while shooting 52 percent from the floor.

The visitors were without Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram, who are serving bans for their part in a brawl during defeat by the Houston Rockets on Sunday. There likely will be more three-game losing streaks, and more hiccups in the chemistry, certainly when Rondo returns; the last game of his three-game suspension is Thursday. 'How we approach the game, our physicality, our communication and that is what we did in the second quarter'.

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