Jordan Clarkson took the floor as the first Rookie of the Month in Los Angeles Lakers history, and despite his valiant effort, the Portland Trail Blazers steamrolled the purple and gold in a 107-77 loss. The Blazers controlled the game early, then C.J. McCollum decided it was his turn to torch the Lakers.
The big story of the night was Clarkson, though, who was sticking jumpers, whipping passes and keeping the crowd abuzz. His night ended early as Portland ran away in the fourth quarter, but he still clocked 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes. His effort was all for naught, however, as McCollum matched his point total while the Blazers cruised through Downtown LA.
The Trail Blazers blew the game open after the lead was cut down to 11. Damian Lillard single-handedly outscored the Lakers in the first quarter, tallying the majority of his 20 points early in the game. He scored just four points in the final two frames. The Lakers shot 37.8 percent from the field while the Blazers picked apart their defense, particularly from beyond the arc. The Blazers shot 58 percent from deep through the first half, draining eight threes.
This game featured plenty of highlights that either came in the form of Clarkson putting up a shot or dishing it out, but ultimately it was one the Lakers were never really in. On a night the Orlando Magic beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Lakers' grip on the fourth-worst record in the NBA tightened with only a handful of games left.
See you, Chris Paul and the Clippers on Sunday! Enjoy a few highlights from Carkson and Tarik Black to wash this one down.