The Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers faced off in an exciting match-up at the Staples Center on Wednesday night. The Lakers came into the game with a record of 41-26 and the Trail Blazers were 38-29. Both teams were looking to make a statement and it was the Lakers who made a statement in the first half, outscoring the Trail Blazers 46-71.
The Lakers were led by LeBron James, who had a game-high 28 points. James was efficient from the field, shooting 10-of-17 from the field and 4-of-7 from three-point range. He also had seven assists, four rebounds and two blocks.
The Trail Blazers were led by Damian Lillard, who had a team-high 16 points. Lillard was efficient from the field, shooting 6-of-13 from the field and 3-of-6 from three-point range. He also had four assists, three rebounds and one steal.
The Lakers had a balanced attack with five players scoring in double figures. Kyle Kuzma had 17 points, Anthony Davis had 16 points, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 11 points, and JaVale McGee and Alex Caruso had 10 points apiece.
The Trail Blazers were led by CJ McCollum, who had 15 points. McCollum was efficient from the field, shooting 5-of-10 from the field and 3-of-6 from three-point range. He also had five assists, four rebounds and one steal.
The Lakers had a great first half and were able to maintain their lead throughout the second half. The Trail Blazers were able to cut the deficit to single digits in the fourth quarter, but the Lakers were able to hold on for the win. The final score was the Lakers 46-71 over the Trail Blazers.
The Lakers have now won four of their last five games and have improved to 42-26 on the season. The Trail Blazers have now lost three of their last four games and have dropped to 38-30 on the season. The Lakers will look to continue their winning ways on Friday when they take on the Phoenix Suns.