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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Trailblazers – Game 44 – 2023

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Los Angeles Lakers (22-22)  |  Portland Trail Blazers (12-30)

 

On Sunday night at Crypto.com Arena, it was the Lakers vs Trail Blazers. D’Angelo Russell stayed hot and led the way for the Lakers to reach .500 again after their 134-110 win. 

 

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The Los Angeles Lakers took on the Portland Trail Blazers Sunday night at Crypto.com Arena after a tough loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.

The Lakers came in badly needing a win over a weak opponent to get back to .500 on the season, and they got precisely that, cruising to a 134-110 victory over the Blazers. Taurean Prince missed the game with a knee injury, so Rui Hachimura got the start in his place for the Lakers.

A huge second half from D’Angelo Russell led to his third 30-point night of the season, as he had 34 points and eight assists on 14-21 shooting and 6-11 shooting from the 3-point line. LeBron James also had a big second half to finish with 28 points, five rebounds, and five assists in 31 minutes.

Anthony Davis had 14 points and 14 rebounds but only played 26 minutes, exiting midway through the third quarter and never returning as the Lakers pulled away for the easy win. Austin Reaves had 15 points on 5-10 overall shooting and 3-4 from range, a very welcome slump-busting shooting performance.

 

Lakers vs Trail Blazers First Quarter:

 

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The Lakers got off to an excellent start, taking an early lead after a three-point play by LeBron James. L.A. had back-to-back buckets by D’Angelo Russell and then a triple by James to make it 17-6 for the Lakers.

Trail Blazers veterans Malcolm Brogdon and Jerami Grant helped get their team right back in it, however, tying the game at 24. The Lakers’ second unit did a good job closing the quarter to take a 36-31 lead into the second.

He’s been aggressive looking for his shot, and we continue to try to find him, especially in transition,James said of Russell’s play of late.

 

Lakers vs Trail Blazers 2nd Quarter:

 

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The Lakers continued to take control to begin the second quarter as Russell had five quick points, and Jarred Vanderbilt had a steal and a dunk to get the lead back to double digits.

After missing the last three games with a knee issue, the Lakers welcomed back Cam Reddish. The forward also looked good early against his former team, with six points in the first half of the second quarter.

James then got the crowd on their feet with a steal and a thunderous dunk on a bounce pass alley-oop from Russell to extend the Lakers lead to 67-54 at the half.

That was dope,” said James, shaking his head afterward. “The only way to get fastbreak points is to defend, defend without fouling, and we did that.

 

Lakers vs Trail Blazers 3rd Quarter:

 

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Austin Reaves has been in a shooting slump for the Lakers but started to heat up in the third with a 3-pointer and a pair of layups.

The Lakers continued to pour it on from there as Russell drained another three, and then James completed a three-point play to get the lead to 20.

It was Russell’s night as he couldn’t miss, scoring in a variety of ways to give him 26 points at the end of the third quarter, with the Lakers leading 103-87 after Brogdon beat the buzzer with a three-point play.

 

Lakers vs Trail Blazers 4th Quarter:

 

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James opened the fourth quarter with a one-handed dunk and somersault follow, and while the Lakers had some empty possessions, the Blazers never made them pay. Russell drove home the dagger by catching fire from the 3-point line to secure another 30-point performance.

With the Lakers’ lead hovering around 20, they were able to get the win easily while resting key guys for the final few minutes.

Seeing D’Angelo Russell find his groove over the last month has been a real joy. Unfortunately, it has come at a time when he might be playing his final games as a member of the Lakers.

 

The Los Angeles Lakers will be the away team when they take on the Clippers on Tuesday, January 23rd, at 7:00 pm PST. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

 

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