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LeBron James scored 17 points (6/16 FG, 3/6 3PT, 2/4 FT), grabbed eight rebounds, handed out nine assists and tallied a steal in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 125-100 victory over the Deandre Ayton-less Phoenix Suns at Staples Center on Monday night. It is the first time since 2010 that the Lakers have reached 40th win of the season before the All-Star break.

James’ postgame interview: