Lakers 104 Trail Blazers 106
Trail Blazers defeated Lakers in sore 106-104
LOS ANGELES, US - Damian Lillard scored 41 points and Jeremi Award drove for a game-dominating layup with three seconds left Sunday as the Portland Trail Blazers managed the Los Angeles Lakers their third loss to open the NBA season
Portland deleted an eight-point shortfall in the last five minutes and arose with a 106-104 victory after Lakers superstar LeBron James missed at the ringer.
Russell Westbrook missed two late shots, Lillard depleting three-pointers after each miss. That incorporated Lillard's step-back hop shot with 12.4 seconds staying that put Portland up 104-102.
James answered with a dunk to tie it up, however Award controlled past James to score against a defenseless Anthony Davis in the paint.
Lillard scored 12 of his points in the final quarter and associated on six of 13 three-point endeavors.
The Lakers, in the mean time, hit only six three-pointers on 33 endeavors as the shooting battles that have hounded them right off the bat in their most memorable season under mentor Darvin Ham proceeded.
James wrapped up with 31 points. Davis added 22 with 10 rebounds and six hindered shots.
Westbrook, under a microscope in the wake of scoring only two points in a misfortune to the Trimmers on Thursday, wrapped up with 10 points, six rebounds and six helps.
After the game, James rushed to close down inquiries from columnists he saw as requesting analysis of Westbrook's late-game choices making.
"I could do without to lose," James said. "I prefer not to lose, particularly the manner in which we had this game. Give credit to Portland.
"You all can expound on Russ ... I'm not up here."
In other early activity, the under-staffed Charlotte Hornets traveled to a 126-109 triumph over the Birds of prey in Atlanta.
Kelly Oubre scored 24 points and Scratch Richards added a profession high 20 points and 11 rebounds off the seat for Charlotte, who were without harmed LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier.
Ball presently can't seem to play this season due to a hyper-extended lower leg and Rozier hyper-extended his lower leg in a misfortune to New Orleans on Friday.
Dennis Smith, beginning instead of Rozier, scored 18 points.
Trae Young drove the Birds of prey with 28 points, however his dissatisfaction bubbled over late in the third, with the Falcons somewhere near 20, and he was evaluated a specialized when he contended that the Richards ought to have been called for goaltending while hindering a shot by Young.