The Portland Trail Blazers continued their winning ways, fighting to a 106-104 victory in Sunday’s matinee agaist the listless (0-3) Lakers in Los Angeles, to remain undefeated at 3-0.
The Blazers suffered another slow start. They fell down eight points early in the first, among a trove of sloppy turnovers and miscues, mostly the product of the team cultivating a faster pace, they arent exactly accustomed to yet. But, again they perservered with Lillard on the attack, Hart on full alert, and a defensive anchor of a bench.
The Blazers led by as much as tweleve, and held onto a seven point lead. The Lakera though 35-23 in the third behind Anthony Davis and Lebron James, who both tried desperately to inject some energy into the game.Thet managed to build a lead. But, this Blazer team is never out.
The Blazers efforts though not exactly assidious, stull compounded by turnovers and lapses in defense, were ultimately successful as they worked together to get the win in the end. Lillard, Simons, and Grant all took turns defining the word clutch in final minute/seconds as the Blazers came back from down eight late, and captured the win.
Lebron James took the final shot missing a fading long two before storming off to the locker room, probably to demand a trade.
Lillard recorded 41 points in back to back games (he also put up 41 vs the Suns) to lead the way. Jerami Grant added 16 points and Josh Hart pulled down 16 rebounds.
Lebron James led the Lakers with 31 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. Anthony Davis added 22 points and 10 rebounds.
The Blazers held the Lakers to 6-33 (18.2%)from distance. Russell Westbrook had another struggling game, shooting just 4-15 from the field and 0-3 from deep.
The Blazers will host the Nuggets tomorrow 10/24/2022 at 7:00 PM PTD on Root+.