The Portland Trailblazers had a superstar performance from their young, All-Star point guard on Monday which proved to be too much for the Los Angeles Lakers who were without their superstar, Kobe Bryant, who sat out to rest. Damian Lillard scored 39 points which included the basket that put the Blazers up for good in the 4th quarter. Behind Lillard’s huge game the Blazers beat the Lakers 98-94.
The Lakers played the Northwest Division leading Blazers tough and actually had a 7 point lead with 5:54 remaining in regulation, but Lillard took over the game after that point, scoring 16 points including 3 three-pointers to help the Blazers overtake the Lakers in the waning minutes.
“I don’t live for it, but I would like us to play with the type of urgency we did for the last 8 minutes for the entire game. But when it’s needed, I’m definitely not going to shy away from it,” Damian Lillard said of his late 4th quarter performance.
“He got hot, definitely, and we didn’t do a good enough job of disrupting him. I’ve got to do a better job of making his life more difficult,” Jeremy Lin said.
Jordan Hill woke up from this mini-slump, leading the Lakers in scoring and rebounding on the night, finishing with 23 points and 14 rebounds.
Ryan Kelly started in place of the injured Wesley Johnson (hip) but was ineffective, scoring just 2 points on 1 for 6 from the field in 25 minutes.
Ed Davis has been playing great of late but was quite on Monday, scoring just 4 points and grabbing 4 rebounds.
Wayne Ellington started in place of Bryant and finished with 13 points and 5 rebounds.
The loss drops the Lakers record to 11-24 which ranks them 14th in the Western Conference.
The Lakers next game is on Wednesday when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers who play host at Staples Center.