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Game 2 blowout vs. Blazers is first Lakers playoff win since 2012

LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard

The Los Angeles Lakers dominated the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday in Game 2 of their first-round playoffs matchup, and in the process, made a little bit of history. It’s not exactly the type of history a decorated franchise such as the Lakers would like to be part of, but they’d still take the win nonetheless.

LA’s 111-88 blowout victory against the Blazers marked their first postseason win in nearly a decade — eight years and three months to be exact:

Though it may sound unbelievable for some, the Lakers have actually been on a seven-year playoff hiatus, which dates back to the days of the late, great Kobe Bryant. The last time they made a postseason run was during the 2012-13 season, but they failed to win a game that year after being swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round. Their last playoffs victory came in 2012, which was in Game 3 of their second-round matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder — a series that they lost 4-1.

Needless to say, success has been hard to come by for the Lakers since then.

They finally etched out a much-needed win on Thursday, as they made easy work of the Blazers. This was, in a way, a must-win game for LA, having been disappointingly defeated in Game 1 of the series by an eighth-seeded Portland side.

Lakes superstar Anthony Davis was tremendous in this one, finishing with a game-high 31 points on 13-of-21 shooting, along with 11 rebounds, three assists, a steal, and a block, as he helped the Lakers tie this first-round series at one game apiece.