National Basketball Association icon LeBron James helped the Lakers end a 16-game losing streak against the Blazers in the early hours on Sunday morning. While they can chalk up several of their close losses to randomness, there is no substitute for winning.
Damian Lillard finished with 30 points on 10-of-23 shooting from the field and 2-of-9 shooting from three, four rebounds, four assists and three steals in 36 minutes. "We know this is going to happen".
The Lakers nearly blew a big point lead late but managed to hold on for the win. A continued sideshow from LaVar Ball could only mean a few things: either James will ask the Lakers to trade Lonzo Ball in order to rid himself and the Lakers of LaVar, or perhaps they could just make him disappear for a while. "Unless you hold a team to 80 or 90 you'll always find things you have to get better at".
"For us to be able to snap that versus a very good team obviously and then for us to come here, we haven't played as well as we'd like to on the road in one of the most hostile buildings in the Western Conference, it was a good win for us". "I know the turnovers between one timeout and the next timeout, we had two or three turnovers that they converted right away, and that's when the lead kind of ballooned from 8 to 15". It is unknown if James is a part of that group.
LeBron discusses the reports of Tyson Chandler joining the Lakers: While the rest of the Lakers organization balked at questions surrounding the reports, LeBron James was more than comfortable to discuss the addition. Him and JaVale go at it every day when we practice. "To beat Portland, you can't just come in and win without playing really hard and really well".
In Los Angeles, LeBron James gave the Staples Centre crowd a fright when he missed the first of two free throws with two seconds left as the Lakers squeezed past the Dallas Mavericks 114-113. If anything, LeBron and this young core of guys were more likely to get off to a tremendously hot start and begin to hit some rough patches a third of the way into the season as the momentum and adrenaline from the new season wore off.
James described snapping the 16-game losing streak to Portland as the Lakers getting "over the hump".