The Blazers had three players score over 20 points, led by Nicolas Batum's 26. Wesley Matthews had 22 on 7-11 shooting while dynamic rookie point guard Damian Lillard finished with 23 points and 11 assists.
The Lakers got big games from Kobe Bryant (30 points) and Dwight Howard (33 points, 14 rebounds) but they couldn't overcome the turnover issues that plagued them in the preseason. On the bright side, their free throw shooting was vastly improved from the Dallas game, as the Lakers shot 26-32 (81.2 percent).
The Lakers also lost Steve Nash to a leg contusion right before halftime. Nash tried to return after half, but was pulled for good with 10:44 left in the third quarter.
Next up for the Lakers is the Los Angeles Clippers Friday night at Staples Center in what will be a Lakers home game as they avoid to fall into a 0-3 hole.
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