Portland Trail Blazers ruined Los Angeles Lakers 128-119 in LeBron James Purple and Gold debut at Moda Center on Thursday night.
The three-time NBA champion switched hometown team Cleveland Cavaliers for the west coast during the offseason, signing a four-year, $154m contract with the Lakers, and his first competitive game came away to Portland.
Team-high 26 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists
James finished with a team-high 26 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists, and six Lakers scorers finished in double figures. However, a 7-of-30 shooting display from three-point range doomed L.A. against a Portland team that flaunted more inside-out balance.
The Lakers downplayed expectations entering the regular season, but they made one thing clear: They planned to run, and they planned to do so often. From now on Lakers should think what to do next. Because of the home opener against the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.