With their star back in the lineup, the Portland Trail Blazers did what many teams before them have done.
They looked at a double-digit Lakers lead squarely and dismantled it.
Portland beat the Lakers, 118-109, shooting 53.1% and outscoring the Lakers, 24-9, on fastbreak points. The Lakers had a 14-point lead in the second quarter, revisiting a recurring theme by losing that lead completely by the end of the third quarter.
“Offensively, we’re still at a point where we look at a lead and we think it’s bigger than it really is,” Lakers Coach Luke Walton said. “In the NBA, a six-point lead is nothing.”