Portland Trail Blazers spoil LeBron James' debut for the Los Angeles Lakers

Tyler Owen
October 20, 2018

"I had one in the fourth quarter, I expected Kuz [Kyle Kuzma] to pop, he rolled, I threw it out of bounds", James said about one of his six turnovers.

"Hopefully, it's a fluke", Ball said. "I don't think we are going to shoot 0-for-15 again". But Lillard answered with a 3-pointer to spark an 18-6 run.

Damian Lillard scored 28 points for Portland and Nik Stauskas matched his career high with 24, on his debut. This was also the 18th consecutive home opener Portland has won, which is the longest streak in National Basketball Association history. Walton also had James play alongside the four Lakers' prospects of Ingram, Kuzma, Ball and Hart.

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LeBron James said the team needed to work on its chemistry and it would take time to develop. "Us just trying to get a feel for one another". "It's a good first test for us, to be in a building where they haven't lost (a home opener) in the 2000s".

The four-time MVP appeared frustrated at various stages and was a bit rusty after sending a couple of wild passes out of bounds as he takes time to adjust to playing with his new teammates.

When James returned to Cleveland after his first stint there, the Cavaliers opened 19-20 under David Blatt before winning 12 straight, finishing 53-29 and making the first of four straight NBA Finals. "He doesn't party. He doesn't do certain things before shows because he wants to be dialed [in], he wants to be focused for him to get his message across in that show and people who pay money to see him".

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