Blazers Lose with a score of 114-108.
High scorers of the night being Damian Lillard with 30 and CJ with 30.
The Blazers playing the Lakers for the 2nd time of the season. Lakers coach Luke Walton seems to be on the hot seat and Portland is on a hot streak. Both teams want this game but Portland came out playing way harder. Lillard dropped a quick 5 points and Portland as a team got 3 steals and 2 blocks in the first 8 minutes. With Portland’s starters coming out with fire and Lakers sucking, the game looked great for the good guys. Right when the bench checked in for Portland they lost the 10 point lead. Lakers went on a 17-7 run to end the quarter and only be down by 1 at the end of one.
Blazers lead 29-28 at the end of the first.
Blazers bench came out to start the 2nd quarter and didn’t bring any special spark but they also didn’t let the game go. The bench played pretty effiently and kept the game close for the starters to work with. Collins got some extra minutes along with Nik and they connected for 2 straight buckets before the starters would check back in. As starters from both teams we’re coming back into the game the Lakers were hassling Portland and went onto a 16-6 run to go up by 6, then Dame gets fouled on a 3 point attempt and hits all 3 throws, and to end it Los Angles goes on another run of 12-3 to lead by 9. Right when Lakers looked like they would take the lead and try to run with it, Blazers starters came and made a huge difference. CJ caught some fire, Aminu looked down Leberon, and Nurkic got heated! Blazers take the lead at the end of the 2nd to take a 1 point lead going into the half!
Blazers lead 57-56 after a half of runs .
Lakers took the game over at the beginning of the 3rd quarter because of the “Javale effect”. Seemed as if whenever a Blazer got to the bucket he would be there and on offense he was tipping out offensive boards, catching lobs, and setting good hard screens. Portland couldn’t make any shots through the first 6 1/2 minutes, then it hit the 4:30 mark and bench’s started to come back in. Portland looked like they’d come back into the game but still couldn’t find their rhythm. Lakers continued to control the 3rd quarter and ended the quarter with a 17 point lead.
Lakers lead 88-71 headed to the fourth.
Lakers took over the game right from the jump of the 4th. Blazers couldn’t hit any open shots and the was the story of the game. Blazers even brought in the starters at the beginning of the quarter to try and bring them back into the game, but that didn’t work. Blazers did try and make a run at the 7 minute mark. They finally started playing scrappy but still couldn’t hit their 3s. Even without being able to make their 3s, Blazers cut the 20 point lead down to 6 with 3 minutes left! Lebron and CJ trades baskets for 2 minutes and Portland couldn’t cut into the 6 point lead. The refs ended up missing a really obvious goaltending call that turned into a double technical foul between Josh Hart and Nurkic. Lakers then ice the game with a Javale bucket to go up by 7 with 28 seconds. Blazers had nothing else to fire back with and end up losing this one.
Lakers end the game up 114-110.
TakeAways from the game:
Open shots were not falling at all
Lakers had way too many offensive boards
Never brought intensity into the game
Promising aspects from the action:
Turner and Collins still look great off the bench
Got lots of open shots just couldn’t knock them down
CJ shot better than he had been