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The Portland Trail Blazers used a balanced attack to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 115-107 on Monday night to begin their four-game trip to California.
Damian Lillard led the way with 31 points, but there were other big performances as well, starting with Gary Trent Jr. scoring 28 points off the bench on 10 of 14 shooting overall and 7 of 11 shooting from three-point range. Cheap CJ McCollum Jersey added 20 points and 11 assists, while Jusuf Nurkic and Cheap Enes Kanter Jersey each finished with double-doubles. Nurkic had 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Kanter scored 12 points to go with 14 boards.
The Blazers (2-1) fell behind 30-22 after the first quarter, but Trent’s 16 points in the second quarter helped spark the Blazers to a 58-54 halftime lead. The Lakers (2-2) then closed the gap and led 85-84 heading to the fourth quarter, but Portland took control in the final period.
The teams shot similar percentages overall (Blazers 46.7%, Lakers 47.1%), but the Blazers hit 16 of 46 threes compared with the Lakers’ 10 of 27.
LeBron James led the Lakers with 29 points and also had nine rebounds and six assists. Dennis Schroder added 24 points, while Anthony Davis pitched in 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Here’s a recap of how the game unfolded.
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FINAL: TRAIL BLAZERS 115, LAKERS 107
— Lillard hits a layup. Dennis Schroder’s jumper is good, and the Blazers’ lead is 108-103. Lillard’s floater falls, and he’s fouled. He converts, and the Blazers go up 111-103 with 2:17 left. Montrezl Harrell scores inside, and it’s 111-105. The clock goes under 2 minutes. Nurkic drives past Davis for the layup. It’s 113-105 with 1:30 to go. LeBron James hits a couple of free throws, and it’s a 113-107 Blazers lead. It’s a Blazers shot-clock violation with 58.6 seconds left. The play is under review. And the call stands. Lakers ball with 59.5 seconds to go. James’ three is off. Nurkic secures the rebound. McCollum misses the three, but Nurkic taps it out. Nurkic hits the jumper, and the Blazers lead it 115-107 with 20 seconds to go. James’ three is short, and that will do it. The Blazers beat the Lakers 115-107 and improve to 2-1 on the season. L.A. falls to 2-2.
— Out of the timeout, the Lakers lose it out of bounds. After a Blazers miss, the Lakers lose it out of bounds again. McCollum short with his three-pointer. LeBron James hits a three, and the Lakers cut Portland’s lead to 98-94. An Enes Kanter miss from the lane. James drives and scores. Now under 6 minutes to play. Lillard’s three is short. Montrezl Harrell scores inside, plus he’s fouled. Timeout Blazers with 5:34 left. Harrell will get a free throw after the break. Harrell hits the free throw to put the Lakers up 99-98. But Jusuf Nurkic drives and scores to put the Blazers back up 100-99. Lillard fires from three with the shot clock running down, and he hits. The Blazers lead it 103-99. Nurkic rebounds a Lakers miss, and Lillard’s three is way short as the clock rolls under 4 minutes to play. Anthony Davis makes a layup. McCollum nails a three. The Blazers lead it 106-101 with 3:05 left. The Blazers take a timeout.
— LeBron James drives, misses the layup and thought he was fouled. No call, and he draws a technical foul. CJ McCollum ties the game at 85-85 on the technical free throw. The Lakers go back in front 87-85. Then a Cheap Gary Trent Jersey jumper ties it at 87-87. Trent hits a three to give the Blazers a 90-87 lead, but then James answers. Then Trent with another three. James fouled, and he splits the free throws to cut Portland’s lead to 93-91 with 8:34 to play in the game. Trent is on fire. He hits another three, this time from the right wing. He has 28 points for the game, and the Blazers are up 96-91 with 8:12 to go. Timeout Lakers.
END 3RD QUARTER: LAKERS 85, TRAIL BLAZERS 84
— Anthony Davis scores inside for the Lakers to make it 75-71. Enes Kanter with a baseline shot that’s good. Then Davis drives, scores and draws the foul on Kanter. Davis converts the three-point play to give L.A. a 78-73 lead with 3:24 left in the third. Rodney Hood nails a three. But a Dennis Schroder layup and free throw makes it an 81-76 Lakers lead. Now Covington and Harrell with a tie-up. Gary Trent Jr. races down the floor and Kyle Kuzma with the hard foul on him. Trent makes 1 of 2 free throws, and it’s 81-77. Anthony Davis takes a hard fall. Hood’s three is off. Schroder makes a driving layup. Lillard banks in a three-pointer, and it’s 83-80 with 1:30 left in the third. Hood feeds Kanter for the layup, and the Lakers’ lead is down to 83-82 with 1:09 left in the quarter. In the closing seconds of the quarter, Derrick Jones Jr. with a beautiful block from behind on LeBron James. The game heads to the fourth with the Lakers leading 85-84.
— CJ McCollum hits a three to end the Lakers’ scoring run. The Blazers are down 69-64 with 6:53 to go in the third. Marc Gasol scores on the layup and he’s fouled. He misses the free throw, though. McCollum drives but can’t finish, and then it’s an alley-oop from LeBron James to Anthony Davis. Then Nurkic scores inside. On the Blazers’ next trip down, Lillard scores. The Lakers are up 73-68. Lillard dribbles across halfcourt and pulls up for a deep three that’s good. A bit later, Nurkic’s three is well short. The Lakers take a timeout with 4:31 to play in the third. They lead it 73-71.
— Cheap Damian Lillard Jersey with a nice drive, but he loses the handle and turns it over. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope misses a three and the Blazers have it back. Lillard takes a pass from McCollum, dribbles once and then rises for a three that’s good. The Blazers go up 61-54 early in the third. The Blazers score consecutive baskets, the latter on a LeBron James dunk, and then Caldwell-Pope’s three ties the game at 61-61. Jusuf Nurkic called for a clear path foul on Dennis Schroder. He makes both free throws, and the Lakers regain the lead at 63-61 with 9:03 to go in the third. On the Lakers’ possession after the clear path foul, Schroder drives and draws the foul on Covington. His shot rolls off, though. The free throws are good, and the Lakers go up 65-61. A Lakers steal and a Caldwell-Pope layup. Then McCollum misses a three. The Lakers are on a 15-0 run after Schroder scores again to make it 69-61. The Blazers take a timeout with 7:34 left in the third.
HALFTIME: TRAIL BLAZERS 58, LAKERS 54
— At the half, Gary Trent Jr. leads the Blazers with 16 points off the bench, while CJ McCollum has 13 points and six assists. Damian Lillard has 10 points. Enes Kanter with six points and 10 rebounds. For the Lakers, LeBron James has 14 points and five rebounds, and Dennis Schroder has 11 points and four assists.
— LeBron James whistled for a non-shooting foul on Jusuf Nurkic. The Blazers inbound it, and Nurkic feeds Derrick Jones Jr., who misses the dunk but is fouled. Jones splits the free throws. James scores a layup. Covington feeds Jones for a dunk. Then Schroder hits a three, and the Blazers’ lead is down to 52-50. Schroder’s free throws tie up the game at 52-52 with 1:51 left in the half. Covington drives past Anthony Davis and dunks it. Then he gets the putback layup off of Lillard’s missed baseline jumper. Covington steals from James on his drive. Lillard is fouled, and he knocks down both free throws to give the Blazers at 58-52 lead. Schroder drives and scores for L.A. The half ends, and the Blazers lead it 58-54.
— CJ McCollum drives and finger rolls it in to give the Blazers a 43-35 lead. Dennis Schroder scores for the Lakers and it’s 43-37. Trent makes a layup and now has 16 points. Talen Horton-Tucker scores for the Lakers. The Blazers lead 45-39. Montrezl Harrell is fouled by Anfernee Simons and hits both free throws. McCollum drops in a jumper. Horton-Tucker scores. Covington’s three is off. The Blazers lead 47-43. Now under 4 minutes to go in the half. Lillard hits a jumper, and then Schroder scores for the Lakers. Portland leads 49-45 with 3:30 to play in the half.
— Cheap Gary Trent Jr. Jersey hits a foul-line jumper to cut the Lakers’ lead to 30-24. Then CJ McCollum’s jumper makes it 30-26. As Cheap Anfernee Simons Jersey feeds Enes Kanter for the layup, the Blazers are on a 6-0 run to begin the second quarter and now are down just two at 30-28. Trent hits a three from the corner, and the Blazers go up 31-30 with 9:17 to go in the first half. The Blazers are on a 12-0 run to start the second after McCollum hits a three. But then Kuzma answers, and the Blazers’ lead is 34-33. Kanter scores, and he has six points and seven rebounds already. Shortly later, Trent drops in a three from the wing, and Portland’s lead is 39-35. On the Blazers’ next trip, Jones has his shot erased by LeBron James. McCollum is fouled and hits both free throws, and the Blazers lead 41-35 with 7:12 to go in the quarter.
END 1ST QUARTER: LAKERS 30, TRAIL BLAZERS 22
— Gary Trent Jr. drops in a corner three, and the Blazers have cut the Lakers’ lead to 20-15. Trent hits another three, and it’s 20-18. Cheap Wesley Matthews Jersey three is off. Robert Covington misses a three. And then Matthews scores on a layup. Cheap Rodney Hood Jersey called for a charge on his drive. Now 1:57 left in the first quarter. Montrezl Harrell dunks it for the Lakers. Then Enes Kanter scores on a layup. Now James gets the call on what could have been a charge. He converts the three-point play to make it 27-20. Rodney Hood scores inside with the friendly roll. Kuzma hits a three. And in the closing seconds of the quarter, Derrick Jones Jr. draws a foul. It’s a non-shooting foul, though. And Trent’s three is off to end the quarter. Lakers lead it 30-22 heading to the second quarter.
— Another three for Caldwell-Pope makes it 17-5. Cheap Jusuf Nurkic Jersey hook shot in the lane makes it 17-7. Lillard with a good defensive play against Schroder to knock the ball away on his drive. Caldwell-Pope hits a third three. Lakers go up 20-7. Lillard is fouled while shooting a three, and he’ll head to the line for free throws. Lillard converts all three, and the L.A. lead is 20-10 with 6:07 to go in the first. The Lakers turn it over. The Blazers give it right back. A couple of possessions later, McCollum drives and scores. The Lakers take a timeout with 4:17 to play in the first as they lead 20-12.
— The Lakers jump out to a quick 6-0 lead. Cheap Derrick Jones Jersey draws a foul and makes both free throws to make it 6-2. LeBron James knocks down a deep three-pointer to make it 9-2. The Blazers miss their first four threes, but then Damian Lillard hits one from straightaway. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope answers, and the Lakers lead 12-5. James steals from McCollum and gets a breakaway dunk for a 14-5 Lakers lead. The Blazers take a timeout with 8:23 to go in the first quarter.
Blazers starters: Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Derrick Jones Jr., Cheap Robert Covington Jersey, Jusuf Nurkic.
Lakers starters: Dennis Schroder, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Marc Gasol.