LeBron James’ missed buzzer-beater prices Lakers in loss to Trail Blazers as ‘Dame Dolla’ shines


LeBron James missed a buzzer-beater to tie the sport because the Los Angeles Lakers misplaced 106-104 to the Portland Trail Blazers, taking the LA crew’s season document to 0-3.

It was one other night time to overlook for Russell Westbrook, who adopted up on his two-point haul towards the LA Clippers on Thursday with 10 factors and two missed pictures within the final seconds of Sunday’s recreation.

Each missed factors have been instantly punished by a superb Damian Lillard, whose three-pointers took the sport away from the Lakers.

James, who ended the night time with 31 factors, eight assists, eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks refused to criticize his teammate.

“I’m not up here to do that,” James mentioned after the sport. “[Westbrook] got some good looks and wasn’t able to knock them down. Defensively, we couldn’t get multiple stops in a row.”

After going up 10-2, the Lakers shortly surrendered management of the sport, ending the primary quarter behind by eight factors.

Regardless of a robust defensive exhibiting, the Lakers have been impotent from exterior the paint, ending the primary half with 1-16 from three-point vary and down 55-48.

They pulled it again within the third quarter to go up 78-83 due to Anthony Davis who dominated the paint, scoring 10 factors.

However the Lakers couldn’t maintain a maintain of their lead. Within the remaining 5 minutes the Trail Blazers erased an eight-point hole to come back out on high with Lillard, who dropped a recreation excessive 41 factors, punishing each Lakers mistake to attain 12 within the remaining quarter.

After his step-back three-pointer put the Trail Blazers up by two, James responded with a straightforward dunk. However he was instantly overwhelmed by Jerami Grant, who turned James and beat Davis together with his lay-up to place the Trail Blazers 104-106.

James tried a step-back of his personal, however with Lillard blocking nicely, he missed the decisive two-pointer.

Regardless of the irritating consequence, James had one other record-breaking night time as he tied Karl Malone for probably the most 20-point video games within the NBA at 1,134.

The Lakers have to turn their season around if they want to come close to their 2020 Championship season.

However the night time was all about Lillard, who put up consecutive 41-point video games and prolonged the Trail Blazers’ successful begin to three video games.

Lillard is averaging 34 factors, making 47.1% of his pictures and 36.4% from three-point vary.

“Obviously, Dame is back and he’s pretty much putting the league on notice,” mentioned Portland coach Chauncey Billups after the match. “Dame was Dame down the stretch.”

Regardless of dropping, the sport confirmed an improved efficiency from the Lakers who’re making an attempt to overlook the woes of final season during which they didn’t make playoffs.

Davis was almost unstoppable within the paint, James was breaking extra data and their protection was the perfect it has been in a very long time.

It’s exterior the paint the place they’re let down, and Westbrook isn’t the one one failing from vary. From three video games, the crew is averaging 21.2% from three-point vary and hit solely six from 33 makes an attempt towards the Trail Blazers.

The Lakers’ powerful begin to the season continues as they journey to Denver to tackle the Nuggets who beat the Warriors and appear like the most effective groups within the West.