News ID: 112424
Publish Date : 14 February 2023 - 21:54

Blazers Hit 23 3-Pointers, Beat LeBron-Less Lakers 127-115

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard had 40 points, including eight 3-pointers, to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 127-115 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.
LeBron James, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, missed his third straight game for the Lakers with a sore left ankle. He hasn’t played since breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s scoring record last Tuesday in a loss to Oklahoma City.
The Blazers led by as many as 27 and made a season-best 23 3-pointers, including a franchise-record 17 in the first half.
When Lillard went to the bench for good with seven minutes left, he got a standing ovation from many in the crowd.
Anthony Davis had 19 points and 20 rebounds for the Lakers, who have lost four of five.
Lakers coach Darvin Ham said his team had no answer for Lillard, who has 11 games this season with 40 or more points.
Both teams continued to integrate players acquired at the trade deadline last week. Matisse Thybulle, obtained from Philadelphia in a four-team deal, made his debut for the Blazers and started. He had 14 points and four 3-pointers.
D’Angelo Russell, who the Lakers got as part of the trade that sent Russell Westbrook to Utah, started for the second straight game and finished with 16 points. Malik Beasley, who came over from the Jazz, had 22 points off the bench.
Mo Bamba, traded to the Lakers from the Orlando Magic at the deadline, continues to serve a four-game suspension for an on-court fight with Minnesota guard Austin Rivers during a game on Feb. 3.
The Blazers went on a 20-2 run in the opening quarter that ended with Nassir Little’s 3-pointer that made it 25-16. Portland made 10 3-pointers in the quarter, including Lillard’s 3 from distance at the buzzer that stretched the lead to 34-19.
Lillard had 30 points and eight 3s to lead all scorers at halftime, and the Blazers led 65-46.