Damian Lillard (41 points) sinks the Lakers!

For this first match on European schedule of the season, the Lakers welcomed the Blazers, with the aim of unlocking their victory counter and, as a bonus, ending the invincibility of their opponents. Mission failed, because they are the teammates of an excellent Damien Lillard (41 points, 5 rebounds) who recover from California with a smile (106-104), on a game winner of Jerami Grant (16points).

A success won on the wire, which above all allows Portland to chain a third consecutive, while james lebron (31 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists), Anthony Davis (22 points, 10 rebounds, 6 blocks) and others, still awful at 3-pts, bowed for the third time in a row. And, this, despite a rather interesting second period, weighed down by a money time missed and questionable decisions in attack…

WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER

Damian Lillard, the elusive. Author of 41 points against the Suns on Friday evening, the franchise Blazers returned the cover today. Despite a complicated start (0/4 on shots), which he quickly made forget by aligning a 6/6, he held his rank from start to finish, to hit the Lakers’ defense and guide his team to a third success of rank. Threatening at 3-pts and sharp in penetration, the All-Star leader was therefore immense, proving to be especially decisive at the end of the game, when Portland appeared on the ropes, with this big 3-pts to go back in front.

A promising second half for the Lakers. Logically dominated before the break, due in particular to a non-existent address at 3-pts, the “Purple & Gold” came back from the locker room with good and best intentions, on each side of the field. Finally successful from a distance, they also showed solidity and energy in defense, to overthrow the Blazers and regain control. In the wake of Anthony Davis, impeccable offensively and defensively, but also of LeBron James. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough…

TOPS/FLOPS

LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The two leaders of the Lakers will not have much to blame themselves for today, except perhaps their 2/11 at 3-pts or their 5 lost balls in aggregate. Apart from that, “LBJ” and “AD” have as often held their rank, dominating in the paint in attack, like their entire team (66 points to 38), cutting the defense of the Blazers with several beautiful well-felt passes or prevent access to the circle by controlling the defending racket. Just a pity that they lacked support, except Lonnie Walker IV (15 points).

Jerami Grant. Damian Lillard’s main offensive lieutenant tonight, the 28-year-old winger especially distinguished himself by scoring the winning basket, 3 seconds from the end, ahead of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Before that, he will have taken what the Lakers defense offered him and he wasted little, a sign that his integration into Oregon is on the right track.

The Lakers’ 3-point address. After shooting 10/40 and 9/45 at 3-pts in its first two games, Los Angeles this time posted a pitiful 6/33 from afar against Portland. And fortunately their five award-winning successes in the third quarter came to swell the statistics because, on the other three, they point to only… 1/20 in the exercise!!! In these conditions, it is difficult to break away, even when the racket is dominated, even when the same ball losses are fewer or when the address is there on the free throw line…

Anfernee Simons. Alongside Damian Lillard, “Ant” will have suffered, ending the meeting with the ugly success percentages: 5/17 on shots and 0/6 at 3-pts. Never in rhythm offensively, he will have delivered the bricks, in addition to accumulating faults and lost balls. A match to forget, even if the combo-guard 23-year-old planted a capital shot in the last minute of regulation time, to bring the Blazers to -1.

THE FOLLOWING

Los Angeles (0-3) : trip to Denver, on the night of Wednesday to Thursday (04:00).

Portland (3-0) : back-to-back against Denver, on the night of Monday to Tuesday (04:00).

LA Lakers / 104 Shots Bounces
Players Minimum Shots 3 points LF O D J pd AND P Int bp CT +/- Points Evaluation
A. Davis 36 09/17 0/3 4/4 5 5 ten 3 5 2 1 6 +3 22 34
L. James 38 12/22 2/9 5/7 1 seven 8 8 3 2 4 2 +2 31 35
R.Westbrook 28 4/15 0/3 2/3 0 6 6 6 1 0 0 0 -4 ten ten
P.Beverley 30 1/3 1/3 4/4 1 3 4 5 3 1 2 0 +7 seven 13
L. Walker IV 32 7/13 1/5 0/1 2 2 4 1 3 1 2 1 +5 15 13
T. Brown Jr. 22 2/7 0/2 0/0 0 4 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 4 5
J. Toscano-Anderson 20 2/3 0/1 0/0 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 -5 4 6
D. Jones 6 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 -5 4 4
A.Reaves 19 2/5 2/4 1/1 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 -6 seven 4
K. Nunn ten 0/3 0/3 0/0 0 0 0 1 3 0 2 0 -seven 0 -4
41/92 6/33 16/20 ten 30 40 26 24 9 13 9 104 120
Portland / 106 Shots Bounces
Players Minimum Shots 3 points LF O D J pd AND P Int bp CT +/- Points Evaluation
J. Grant 35 5/11 2/3 4/4 0 2 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 16 12
J. Nurkic 30 2/5 0/0 2/2 3 ten 13 4 3 0 2 1 +3 6 19
D.Lillard 34 15/25 6/13 5/7 1 4 5 2 3 0 6 1 +2 41 31
J. Hart 36 3/5 1/1 2/2 2 14 16 5 2 2 3 0 -4 9 27
A.Simons 36 5/17 0/6 2/2 0 1 1 2 5 1 5 0 +2 12 -1
J. Winslow 25 2/8 0/0 3/4 2 3 5 3 2 2 1 1 +2 seven ten
D. Eubanks 13 0/1 0/0 4/6 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 -3 4 5
N.Small 14 3/6 1/3 0/0 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 seven 8
S.Sharpe 16 2/6 0/1 0/0 3 1 4 1 2 1 1 1 +8 4 6
37/84 10/27 22/27 13 39 52 19 20 6 19 5 106 117

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