Welp, it had to happen sooner or later. The Blazers’ win streak over the Lakers is over, after Los Angeles demolished Portland in the third quarter, then held on for dear life late in the fourth for a 114-110 win. As you work through your complex emotions, let’s talk about a few key details of tonight’s game.
- What a comeback. The Blazers were down 20 in the fourth and it looked over, but a furious late-game comeback put the result in doubt into the final minute. It just wasn’t enough tonight.
- Farewell, three-pointers. Portland struggled from downtown all night. They hit 17% (6!) of their 35 attempts, to the frustration of the team and the Moda Center crowd.
- Another reminder this is Lillard’s team. Damian took over in the fourth, leading the charge against the Lakers with big plays and beautiful layups.
- JaVale was the difference. McGee gave the Blazers fits all night, blocking key attempts at the rim, grabbing big rebounds, and preventing Jusuf Nurkic from providing help defense.
- Everyone is talking about that block/goaltend. This one right here.
How is this not goaltending?! pic.twitter.com/tO2k0dpzXb— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) November 4, 2018
No rest for the Blazers, who have the second half of a rare home back-to-back tomorrow night against Minnesota.