Blazers’ Lillard big again in 106-94 defeat of Lakers

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He’s just 24 years old and in his 3rd year but Damian Lillard has already established himself as one of the premier players in the this league and quite possibly a top 3 player at his position. One thing is certain and that is that he owns the Los Angeles Lakers as he drops another huge performance the purple and gold, scoring 34 points in route to a 106-94 win for the Blazers. 

After scoring 39 points with 16 of them coming in the final 5 minutes in the 98-94 win back on January 5th at the Rose Garden Lillard scores 34 with 17 coming in the final 8 minutes of Sunday’s game against the Lakers. Coach Byron Scott talked about Lillard after the game.

The Lakers were again without Kobe Bryant who was a late day scratch. Scott decided to rest Bryant again and admitted to reporters that he made a mistake by not resting him earlier in the year and playing him too many minutes.

While the Blazers had a superstar performance from Lillard, the Lakers lacked any semblance of a huge game from any players on the night. Wesley Johnson led the Lakers in scoring with 17 points and Carlos Boozer was solid with 13 points and 9 rebounds off the bench.

Tarik Black was rewarded with more playing time after his 14 point, 9 rebound performance on Friday. Black played 17 minutes and scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.

The loss puts the Lakers record at 12-26 which ranks next to last in the Western Conference and 4th worst in the NBA.

The Lakers will host the Miami Heat in their next game on Tuesday.

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