The Blazers take a 1-0 series lead vs. Lakers pic.twitter.com/zqFv3VWe3b
— ESPN (@espn) August 19, 2020
Lillard led all scorers in the game, finishing with 34 points on 9-of-21 shooting, along with five rebounds, five assists and a block in 43 minutes of action. He also sank his patented triple from logo deep in the fourth to allow his team to pull away from the Lakers.
You knew what was gonna happen as soon as @Dame_Lillard hit this 😳
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) August 19, 2020
As for the Lakers, LeBron James made history on Tuesday by surpassing the late, great Kobe Bryant with the third-most triple-doubles in Lakers history (in just his second season!). He also set a playoffs record for scoring at least 20 points while also putting up at least 15 rebounds and 15 assists.
James finished with 23 points on 9-of-20 shooting, 17 rebounds, 16 assists and a steal, but in the end, his heroics proved futile.
Many expected this to be an easy series for the Lakers, who are set to face off against a fatigued Blazers side. The Portland players were visibly tired toward the latter part of the contest, but nonetheless, they were able to power through and secure a crucial Game 1 victor.
Game 2 is scheduled for Thursday in what now seems like a must-win match-up for the Lakers. After all, they are one of the favorites to go all the way to the NBA Finals this season.