LeBron James led LA Lakers along with Dennis Schroder, who returned back to action knocking 28 and 22 points respectively against Portland Trail Blazers. Having lost 4 games in a row, a scenario which hasn’t happened since December 2019, Lakers needed their marquee players to step and deliver. With Anthony Davis still out, Dennis Schroder’s return surely was the key.
LA Lakers’ leader LeBron James registered a double-double against his name with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Not only that LeBron James and Dennis Schroder were outstanding. Especially the latter after a four-game absence under the NBA’s health and safety protocols, scoring 13 points in the second half and leading the Lakers’ decisive surge on both ends of the court.
Dennis Schroder returns back to action for LA Lakers scoring 22; overcoming Trail Blazers
Talking about the Portland Trail Blazers, they were led by Damian Lillard who knocked 35 points. Damian Lillard scored 24 of his 35 points in the first half for the Blazers, who lost their fourth straight. Portland committed 16 turnovers while losing to the Lakers at Staples Center for the first time since November 2018. CJ McCollum missed his 19th straight game with a broken foot. Robert Covington had four points on 1-of-8 shooting in 40 minutes.
The Lakers broke open a close game with a 14-4 run led by Schröder late in the third quarter. The German point guard also teamed with Alex Caruso to play solid defense on the largely unstoppable Lillard, who got just one shot while playing the entire third quarter.
Damian Jones didn’t play after driving from Phoenix to Los Angeles earlier in the day. The Lakers signed Jones to a 10-day contract as a backup big man.