The Portland Trail Blazers blew out the Los Angeles Lakers 105-90 on Saturday, taking advantage of significant absentees, particularly LeBron James. It wasn’t even close to being that close.
L.A. was already shorthanded going into the game, as James and several other rotation players were unavailable. Due to a gastrointestinal sickness, they also lost Anthony Davis for the night after only 7 minutes. The rest of the Lakers just didn’t seem to want to compete. Despite a shaky second quarter, Portland was able to cruise to a comfortable victory.
Damian Lillard led the Blazers, who bounced back from his lowest scoring total in eight years against Indiana with a good, if not particularly remarkable, 25 points on 9-19 shooting and 6 assists in just three quarters. Jusuf Nurkic was the unsung hero, scoring 15 points on a perfect 6/6 shooting night while also grabbing 17 rebounds.
Russell Westbrook was a complete failure, this might have been the worst game of his career, he was horrendous from everywhere on the floor, he only made 1 of his 13 shots, and only scored 8 points with 6 assists that also with 6 turnovers, in my opinion, this trade was a mistake and till now it has been like that. Carmelo Anthony had an off night on his return to Portland where he revived his career scoring team-high 13 points. The game was so lopsided that the weekend audience at the Moda Center couldn’t even generate a “Beat L.A!” chant.
Back to back home dubs 🎥 pic.twitter.com/gIpDBV3oqH
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) November 7, 2021