The Lakers escape a second-half comeback from Portland and move onto the next round, 131-122
Orlando- Anthony Davis and LeBron James put the Lakers on their backs, as they held off Portland in the second half to move to the next round, 131-122.
Even with a depleted Portland Trailblazers team, the Lakers had to fight tooth and nail for every bucket in the first half. LeBon James looked like himself, as he had 24 points, 5 assists, and 1 point in two quarters, but the Lakers' second unit had trouble scoring. The Lakers' bench combined for 25 points in the half. On the other side of the ball, the Lakers could not stop CJ McCollum and Carmelo Anthony defensively. Anthony and McCollum put on a show against the "Lake Show", as they combined for 39 points in the first half. The Lakers were shooting 56% from the field and shot 6 of 17 from behind the arc. At the end of the first half, both teams were tied at 68 apiece.
In the second half, the Lakers took advantage of the painted area and started to feed Anthony Davis. Davis had put Hassan Whiteside in foul trouble and made Portland play much of a smaller line-up. Davis was eating in the paint, as he quickly got into the double figures and helped the Lakers build a 12-point lead late in the third quarter. However, by the end of the third quarter, Portland made the game interesting, cutting the Lakers lead to eight.
With under four minutes left in regulation, the Lakers went on a 12-5 run to make sure that Portland did not make another run and went up double digits to secure a victory and move onto the next round. James finished the game with a tripple double, 36 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. Davis finished the game with 43 points, 4 assits, and 9 rebounds.