Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Grades and Analysis for L.A.

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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Grades and Analysis for L.A.
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For the millions of Los Angeles Lakers fans that were hoping to see the return of Showtime, keep on dreaming. The Portland Trail Blazers came out firing with guns blazing and torched the Lakers defense for 116 points.

Considering the Lakers only came up with 106, I believe that means they lost.

Dwight Howard did all he could, putting up 33 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, one block and one steal on 15-of-19 shooting from the free-throw line. Kobe Bryant contributed to the cause, as well, as he put up 30 points of his own.

Unfortunately, Steve Nash went down with a shin injury in the opening minutes of the second half and the Lakers never looked the same. Then again, they never looked good to begin with.

The stars came out firing early, but were unable to maintain the Blazers' high-flying pace. Portland's perimeter starters all scored at least 20 points, leaving the Lakers gasping for air and wondering which way was up.

When you commit 29 turnovers and 24 personal fouls, that tends to be the result.

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