NBA regular season

Lakers end 4-game skid, hand Blazers 4th straight loss

Lakers end 4-game skid, hand Blazers 4th straight loss

TOO STRONG. Blazers guard Rodney Hood tries to stop Lakers star LeBron James in first-half action.

Photo by Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

LeBron James delivers a stellar outing, making sure the Lakers arrest their season-worst 4-game losing streak

LeBron James recorded 28 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocked shots to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 102-93 victory over the visiting Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night, February 26 (Saturday, February 27, Philippine time).

James’ stellar outing halted the Lakers’ season-worst four-game losing streak and helped them win for just the second time in 7 games.

Damian Lillard had 35 points and 7 assists but couldn’t prevent Portland from losing its season-worst fourth straight game.

Dennis Schroder scored 22 points for the Lakers after missing the previous 4 games due to COVID-19 protocols. Montrezl Harrell contributed 17 points and 9 rebounds, and Alex Caruso had 10 points for Los Angeles.

Gary Trent Jr scored 19 points and Enes Kanter had 11 points and 17 rebounds for the Trail Blazers. Derrick Jones Jr. also scored 11 points for Portland, which shot 38.6% from the field and made 11-of-37 from three-point range.

The Lakers shot 42% from the field and were 7-of-27 from behind the arc.

Los Angeles moved ahead for good with an 18-4 burst in the 3rd quarter. Harrell ended the run with a tip-in to give the Lakers an 82-69 lead with 1:31 remaining.

Lillard just had 4 points in the quarter, which ended with the Trail Blazers trailing 85-76.

Los Angeles maintained its control in the early stages of the final stanza.
Schroder and James registered back-to-back layups as the Lakers boosted the lead to 95-80 with 8:25 left.

James later made consecutive baskets to push the Los Angeles advantage to 101-85 with 3:57 remaining.

Lillard scored 5 straight points to move Portland within 11, but James hit two free throws with 46.8 seconds left as the Lakers closed it out.

Lillard scored 24 first-half points as Portland led 57-54 at the break.

The Trail Blazers jumped out to a quick 13-2 lead but were unable to maintain that torrid pace.

Los Angeles moved ahead for the first time at 39-37 when Harrell converted a three-point play to cap an 11-0 burst with 5:56 remaining in the half. –