The Los Angeles Lakers nearly snapped a four-year losing streak against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday but were shown up by Portland’s All-Star backcourt, losing 108-103, snapping their five-game win streak.
After starting to the game ice cold on offense, the Lakers started hitting their shots and held a double-digit lead for most of the second half. But a solo fourth quarter run from two-time All-Star Damian Lillard would be the difference for Portland on Monday.
Lillard led the Blazers with 39 points, 19 of which came in the fourth quarter, on 6-of-11 shooting from behind the arc to go along with 5 rebounds and 6 assists. It didn’t matter who the Lakers put on him, everything Lillard put up went down in crunch time. That’s the benefit of having a superstar on your roster.
The Blazers have won their last 15 games against the Lakers and have swept the season series in each of the last four seasons. There’s just something about Portland.
Julius Randle was his usual self for the Lakers, bullying the Blazers’ bigs for a team-high 21 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Isaiah Thomas wasn’t too far behind him with 19 points, but his point total is misleading, to say the least.
Thomas shot an abysmal 23.8 percent from the field and blew every shot the Lakers had to win in the final seconds of the game. Safe to say, it wasn’t his night.
With a loss on Monday, the Lakers fell seven games below .500 and seven games back in the win column from the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, for those still keeping track. They’ll have the day off before hosting the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.e
All stats courtesy of stats.nba.com.