NBA: Lakers end 4-game skid, hand Blazers 4th straight loss

Field Level Media, Reuters

Posted at Feb 27 2021 03:25 PM

NBA: Lakers end 4-game skid, hand Blazers 4th straight loss 1
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) is defended by Portland Trail Blazers guard Rodney Hood (5) in the first half at Staples Center. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports via Reuters

LeBron James recorded 28 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and three blocked shots to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 102-93 victory over the visiting Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.

James' stellar outing halted the Lakers' season-worst four-game losing streak and helped them win for just the second time in seven games.

Damian Lillard had 35 points and seven assists but couldn't prevent Portland from losing its season-worst fourth straight game.

Dennis Schroder scored 22 points for the Lakers after missing the previous four games due to COVID-19 protocols. Montrezl Harrell contributed 17 points and nine rebounds, and Alex Caruso had 10 points for Los Angeles.

Gary Trent Jr. scored 19 points and Enes Kanter had 11 points and 17 rebounds for the Trail Blazers. Derrick Jones Jr. also scored 11 points for Portland, which shot 38.6 percent from the field and made 11 of 37 from 3-point range.

The Lakers shot 42 percent from the field and were 7 of 27 from behind the arc.

Los Angeles moved ahead for good with an 18-4 burst in the third quarter. Harrell ended the run with a tip-in to give the Lakers an 82-69 lead with 1:31 remaining.

Lillard had just four points in the quarter, which ended with the Trail Blazers trailing 85-76.

Los Angeles maintained its control in the early stages of the final stanza.

Schroder and James registered back-to-back layups as the Lakers boosted the lead to 95-80 with 8:25 left.

James later made consecutive baskets to push the Los Angeles advantage to 101-85 with 3:57 remaining.

Lillard scored five straight points to move Portland within 11, but James hit two free throws with 46.8 seconds left as the Lakers closed it out.

Lillard scored 24 first-half points as Portland led 57-54 at the break.

The Trail Blazers jumped out to a quick 13-2 lead but were unable to maintain that torrid pace.

Los Angeles moved ahead for the first time at 39-37 when Harrell converted a three-point play to cap an 11-0 burst with 5:56 remaining in the half.