Game Three Recap: Lakers take a 2-1 series lead over Trail Blazers in win

Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA – AUGUST 20: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after a dunk during the third quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game Two of the Western Conference First Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 20, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers used a 40-point third quarter to separate them from the Portland Trail Blazers and secure a 116-108 victory. The Lakers were led by LeBron James with a bubble-high in scoring at 38 points along with 12 rebounds and eight assists. This is the first time that the Lakers have led a playoff series since the 2011-2012 season when they went up 2-1 against the Denver Nuggets. It also marked James’ 158th playoff win moving him to second on the all-time list.

LeBron Comes Up Big

After a quiet 10 points in the Game Two win, LeBron had his best all-around performance since entering the bubble, as mentioned above. He was aggressive from the jump, as evidenced by his 17 free-throw attempts. He also hit four three-pointers on 50 percent, a great sign for the Lakers going forward.

Anthony Davis Chips In

It was a slow first half for AD with six points, but once halftime ended, he joined LeBron to put the game on ice. The Brow had 23 points in the latter quarters with a total of 29 on the night. He also added 14 rebounds, eight assists, and three blocks.

Shots Still Falling

Again, the Lakers finally had some shots drop from long-range. As mentioned, LeBron added four three-pointers, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added three of his own. Despite shooting 33.3 percent as a team, this is a major bump from their 15.6 percent in the series opener.

The Lakers return to action on Monday at 9PM EST/6PM PST.

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