Damian Lillard aka "Dame Dolla" does it again. He helped lead the Portland Trail Blazers over the Los Angeles Lakers for the 15th consecutive time and sweep the season series 3-0. The Trail Blazers won their seventh game in a row and end the five game winning streak by the Lakers.
He put on a show in front of the crowd at the staples center scoring 39 points (19 in 4th) and added 6 assist and 5 rebounds. He hit big three after big three in the fourth and the Lakers could not do much about it.
CJ McCollum played like the MIP (Most Improved Player) from a few years ago adding 22 points, 5 assist, and 5 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic controlled the glass all night grabbing 16 rebounds to go along with 16 points.
The Lakers who were up seven going into the fourth were not able to hold off the surging Trail Blazers. They scored their highest qaurter of the game in the fourth (35) as well as holding the Lakers to their lowest scoring quarter (23).
The Lakers had several chances in the fourth to pull out the win. Cj McCollum uncharacteristically missed two free throws with seven seconds remaing and the Blazers only up three (106-103), then CJ McCollum gets called for an inbound foul which sent Isaiah Thomas to the free throw line for one shot and he missed that.
Julius Randle led the way with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas added 19 points and 7 assist off the bench. Lonzo Ball who was limited due to foul trouble in the first half with three finished with 10 points, and a sub-par 2 rebounds and 2 assist.
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