Lebron James had 24 points. 12 rebounds and 6 assists in his Lakers debut. Josh Hart added 20 points and Brandan Ingram chipped in 16 points. As the Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Portland Trailblazers for the 16th straight time. The two teams have played a total of 224 regular season games (against each other). The head to head match up is Lakers 118 Portland 106. However, the Lakers haven’t beaten the Trailblazers since April 10. 2013. Which was a game that needed 47 points from Kobe Bryant for the Lakers to leave the Rose Garden with a 113-106 victory.
However, that was five years ago and Kobe’s retired now. Lebron James is the Lakers new star, and he’s going to need time to gel with his new teammates. The final score of this game was Portland 128 Lakers 118. However, the Lakers did put up a good fight and at some point led by as much as 10 points. Los Angeles shot 48% from the field but their 7/30 (23%) from behind the three-point line killed them.
The Lakers also were outrebounded 54-46 and committed 15 turnovers opposed to Portland’s 16. Lebron will get the chance to lead the Lakers to their first win on the season. Saturday night when they face Houston Rockets at home. Afterward, they face the San Antonio Spurs Monday night. Before heading out to Phoenix. As we all know sometimes it takes a while for new NBA teams to build chemistry. However, when your play in the Western Conference you just may not have a lot of time to build that chemistry.
Damian Lillard led the Portland Trailblazers with 28 points. Nik Stauskas came off the bench to score 24 points and CJ Mc Collum added 21 points. As the Trailblazers moved to 1-0 on the season.