LeBron James and the Lakers opened the season on Thursday night in Portland, where they lost to the Trail Blazers for the 16th consecutive game, 128-119 this time. Portland has now won 18 consecutive openers. James finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds and six assists as well as six turnovers. Damian Lillard led all scorers with 28 points for the Trail Blazers. Nik Stauskas fueled a couple of Portland rallies and finished with a career-high 24 points. Josh Hart scored 20 off the bench for the Lakers.