NBA Game Recap - LA Lakers at Portland
Mon Aug 24, 2020 9:00 PM EDT

MIL
121
ORL
106
F
LAL
135
POR
115
F
HOU
114
OKC
117
F
IND
87
MIA
99
F

LA Lakers 135, Portland 115

Aug 24, 2020, 9:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(1) LA Lakers (3-1)

43

37

32

23

135

(8) Portland (1-3)

25

26

36

28

115

Emotional LeBron 'can't even enjoy' Lakers' win over Blazers
Tue Aug 25, 2020 1:12 AM

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida (AP) LeBron James took note when the Los Angeles Lakers built an early 24-8 lead over the Trail Blazers on Kobe Bryant Day.

"OK, he's here in the building," James said he thought in the moment, when the two numbers that Bryant wore during his career appeared on the scoreboard.

The Los Angeles Lakers dominated Portland the rest of the way Monday night, winning 135-115 to take a 3-1 advantage in their playoff series.

James had 30 points and 10 assists in 28 minutes before heading to the bench late in the third quarter. The Lakers led by as many as 38 points for their third straight win in the opening-round series, the team's first playoff appearance since 2013.

After the game, James detailed the emotional burden of both honoring Bryant and coping with the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

"I can't even enjoy a playoff win right now, which is the sad part," he said.

James spoke at length about the shooting, which has sparked violent protests. Blake, who remained hospitalized on Monday, was shot, apparently in the back, as he leaned into his SUV while his three children sat in the vehicle.

"We are scared as Black people in America," James said. "Black men, Black women, Black kids. We are, we are terrified."

The Trail Blazers won the opener but have appeared gassed in the past two games. Damian Lillard, the MVP of the seeding games in the NBA bubble, had 11 points before leaving with a right knee injury in the third. Jusuf Nurkic had 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Anthony Davis added 18 points in 18 minutes for the Lakers before leaving the game midway through the third with back spasms.

The Lakers, the top seed in the Western Conference, can close out the series on Wednesday.

After the game, Blazers coach Terry Stotts was asked to describe his team's position.

"Not good," he said.

"You're down 1-3, it's a tough position against a good team," Stotts added. "We'll regroup, it's one game at a time. You can break out all the cliches, but we know what we're up against when you're down to a good team 3-1, so we've got to battle."

It was considered "Kobe Day" because Monday was 8/24, the two numbers Bryant wore during his 20-year career.

Los Angeles wore "Black Mamba" jerseys with a heart-shaped No. 2 patch to honor Bryant's daughter, Gianna.

Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash with his daughter in January, would have celebrated his 42nd birthday on Sunday.

"To be able to continue his legacy is something that hits home for me, and it's easy for me because I put in the work," James said. "And if you want to see results you got to work at it. It's not about the wins and losses."

Inspired by Bryant, the Lakers' 24-8 lead seemed fortuitous, and they went on to outscore the Blazers 43-25 in the first quarter.

The Lakers led 80-51 at the half. It was the most points in a half for Los Angeles in a playoff game since 1987.

James nailed 3-pointer from some 36 feet out and then demonstratively nodded as the Lakers took an 80-53 lead.

Lillard dislocated his left index finger in Game 2 and backcourt mate CJ McCollum has been playing with a fractured vertebra in his lower back.

Stotts said following the game that he did not have an update on Lillard's status. He was undergoing an MRI.

TIP-INS

Lakers: Rajon Rondo did not play, again spoiling his return from a right thumb injury. Rondo was a late scratch from Game 3 because of back spasms.

Trail Blazers: F Zach Collins will need surgery on his left ankle. Collins had just returned from a shoulder injury that kept him out of much of the season.

UP NEXT

Game 5 is Wednesday.

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Leaders

LA Lakers PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Dudley 0 -6 0 0 3 0
L. James 30 17 10 6 0 1
Portland PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Adams 0 9 0 1 1 0
J. Nurkic 20 -28 4 13 1 0

Team Comparison

LAL POR
Points For 135 115
Field Goals 49/87-56% 40/89-45%
Three Pointers 17/39-44% 12/28-43%
Free Throws 20/30-67% 23/31-74%
Offensive Rebounds 12 17
Defensive Rebounds 29 25
Rebounds 52 53
Blocks 9 2
Steals 7 9
Turnovers 14 17
Points Scored Off Turnovers 27 23
Points in the Paint 46 42
Fast Break Points 25 11
Personal Fouls 28 27
Technical Fouls 0 0
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Playoffs - LAL Leads Series 3-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Aug 18 POR 100 @ LAL 93 M. Hezonja 2 K. Caldwell-Pope 1
Thu Aug 20 POR 88 @ LAL 111 C. Anthony 2 M. Morris 2
Sat Aug 22 LAL 116 @ POR 108 M. Morris 2 M. Hezonja 2
Mon Aug 24 LAL 135 @ POR 115 J. Smith 3 J. Hoard 2

Game Information

Stadium: AdventHealth Arena, Reunion, Florida
Attendance: 0
Game Time: 2:27