----- The Portland Trail Blazers honor Paul Allen by extending their winning streak to 16-games over the Los Angeles Lakers with a 128-119 win Thursday night at Moda Center.
The Trail Blazers honored their fallen owner in the best possible way: with a win.
The Blazers won their season opener and extended their winning streak over the Lakers to 16-games with a 128-119 win Thursday night at Moda Center.
Nik Stauskas led a Blazers' bench that erupted for 55 points by having his best night as a pro with 24 points. Stauskas hit his first six-shots of the game energizing the team after a slow start. Evan Turner added 13 points and six assists and Zach Collins finished the night with a career-high six blocks. The Bench also contributed 16 of the team's 21 assists on the night.
Damian Lillard led the team with 28 points as he and CJ McCollum helped build a double-digit lead in teh fourth quarter to put the game away.
In his Lakers debut, Lebron James finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists but he also had turned the ball over six times. The Lakers struggled to make shots connecting on just 7-for-30 from three-point range.
Up Next- The Trail Blazers will host the San Antonio Spurs Saturday night at Moda Center. Game is scheduled to tip off at 7:00 PM.
Chad's Take- The Blazers played a game that would have made Paul Allen proud. The team had great energy, balance, and fight against the Lakers. A night we will never forget here in Rip City.