The Portland Trail Blazers pulled off an upset win over the Lakers, leaving James looking grimy at the stat sheet

2022-06-01 0 By

Looking for a silver lining after the Portland Trail Blazers dismantled their roster in a series of trades, the Blazers got a little encouragement and solace against the Los Angeles Lakers.The Blazers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 107-105 home victory over the lakers on Feb. 10, Beijing time.The sides have met four times this season, with two wins each.Lebron James had 30 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, tying a career high of 25+ points for the 21st straight game (it was done in 2007-08).James passed Jordan (10,047) to move into second place behind Dwight Howard in career rebounds.Anfani Simmons scored 29 points and Jusuf Nurkic added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who turned James’ milestone night into a “milestone tragedy.”Westbrook was out with an injury.Are the Lakers any better without Westbrook?Unfortunately, led by James and Eyebrows, the lakers lost and committed 21 turnovers.After the game, James was also critical of the Lakers’ turnovers.”For most of the second half, we got the best out of Portland,” James said.Their 3-point shooting, they were 0 for 11 from beyond the arc in the opening period, and from there, they were 10 for 21 in the second half.Our turnovers, 21 turnovers for 28 points, killed the game.Whenever we had turnovers — mostly on me, it was like a pick-6. We didn’t tackle defenders who intercepted passes, and they scored touchdowns almost every time.That’s not what winning basketball is about.”James, of course, is the key to keeping the suspense going until the end, the last face of the lakers.Many experts said that no matter how many problems Westbrook has, this game showed that the lakers are not a good team even without him.Late in the game, James sat on the bench during a timeout with his head buried in a stat sheet, livid as he read it.He had 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and he added 30+ points on a 3-pointer with three seconds left after Portland made two free throws.Portland gave up CJ McCollum, no Lillard, and the lakers are still like this.Davis finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five blocks on 8-of-11 shooting in 40 minutes.But he didn’t score a point in the last quarter and shot nothing.Lakers legend Magic Johnson couldn’t watch it anymore.As the trade deadline approaches, rumors about Westbrook’s future with the Lakers continue to swirl.”If there’s a way to improve our team, we’ll improve our team,” Lakers coach Chuck Vogel said.I have nothing more to say about the trade deadline.”