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LeBron James issues NBA Championship warning to Lakers’ rivals

LeBron James helped the Los Angeles Lakers record their best ever start to a season before warning the rest of the NBA about their quality.

A 125-103 victory over the Washington Wizards meant the Lakers extended their record to 17-2 for the first time in over a decade.

James registered 23 points and 11 assists with Anthony Davis hitting 26 points as the two continue to dominate proceedings on the court.

The Lakers have not won an NBA championship since 2010 but James, who won in Miami and Cleveland, maintains the franchise's roster is full of player who know how to get the job done.

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"We have championship aspirations, but that's not what's here right now," said the 34-year-old.

"What's here is our next opponent. We want to continue to get better.

"We have guys who have been there and know what it takes. This is a long process, and we can never shortcut it. But we can enjoy it along the way."

Team-mates Rajon Rondo and Quinn Cook have both won championships during their careers at the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors respectively.

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The Lakers failed to make the playoffs in James' first year after he swapped Cleveland for the bright lights of Hollywood.

But this season, with the help of some new recruits, the Lakers are genuine challenges.

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks said "that's the best team in basketball" as he watched his side lose at the Staples Centre.

The Dallas Mavericks are next up for the Lakers who are clear at the top of the Western Conference.

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