The Los Angeles Lakers played the best game of basketball since they entered the Orlando bubble with a resounding win over the Portland Trail Blazers by a score of 111-88. The Lakers got their first playoff win since May 18th, 2012. Anthony Davis led the Lakers in scoring with 31 points along with 11 rebounds. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also pitched in with 16 points.
This was the Lakers team, defensively, that we saw through March before the shutdown. Through three quarters, the Lakers held the Blazers to 58 points, the least since 2017 during that quarter period. To finish the game, the Lakers held the Trail Blazers to 88 points, a bubble-low for the highest-scoring team in Orlando. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum were also held to just 31 points after combining for 55 in Portland’s Game 1 win.
Anthony Davis Dominates
As mentioned, Davis led the Lakers in tonight’s victory. His aggression and mindset were what the Lakers needed to be the team they’re expected to be. He picked up major slack with LeBron James having a quiet night with just 10 points. He ended the night as a game-high +32.
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KCP, Shooters Comes Alive
The Lakers got a welcome sight with KCP finally finding some offensive success. He led all Lakers with four makes on 66.7 percent shooting on the night. He was also a big part of slowing down the Blazers’ backcourt attack. The rest of the team broke out of their slump from a 15.6 percent performance in Game 1 to 36.8 percent tonight.
The Lakers will be back in action on Saturday night at 8:30PM EST/5:30PM PST.