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Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers spoil LeBron James' Los Angeles Lakers debut

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LeBron James entered Thursday's matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers 0-3 in debuts with his new teams.

Now he's 0-4.

Led by Damian Lillard's 28 points, the Trail Blazers spoiled LeBron's Lakers debut by defeating Los Angeles by a final score of 128-119. The Lakers went toe-to-toe with the Blazers for three quarters, but Lillard, Nik Stauskas and Zach Collins all came up big for Portland down the stretch.

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If you missed any of the action, check below for stats, highlights and updates from LeBron's debut with the Lakers.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Box score | Play-by-Play

Final: Blazers 128, Lakers 119

1:20 a.m. - That'll do it in Portland! The Trail Blazers win by a final score of 128-119, giving LeBron James an 0-4 career record in debuts with new teams.

LeBron led the way for the Lakers with 26 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Josh Hart came up big off the bench, scoring 20 points and coming up with three steals.

For the Blazers, Damian Lillard had a team-high 28 points, scoring 10 in the fourth quarter alone.

Portland also got great contributions from Nik Stauskas (24 points) and Zach Collins (six points, six blocks, six rebounds).

1:13 a.m. - If there's one thing in this world you can always count on, it's Damian Lillard coming up big in the clutch.

1:09 a.m. - Never mind. Back-to-back triples from the Los Angeles Lakers has cut the Portland Trail Blazers lead to seven points with 1:24 remaining. This could get interesting.

1:04 a.m. - The Portland Trail Blazers are starting to run away with this one. Following two Kyle Kuzma free throws, they now lead 119-108 with 3:12 remaining.

12:54 a.m. - Zach Collins is quietly having a great all-around game with six points, five blocks and five rebounds off the bench. The Portland Trail Blazers have outscored the Los Angeles Lakers by a whopping 24 points with him on the court tonight, giving him the highest +/- in the game.

12:50 a.m. - Nik Stauskas is at it again! A 3-pointer from the Canadian gives the Portland Trail Blazers a 107-100 lead and forces Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton to take a timeout.

Maybe don't leave him open, L.A.?

12:43 a.m. - Josh Hart has been fantastic for the Los Angeles Lakers on both ends of the court tonight. He has 17 points, three steals, two rebounds and one block in 20 minutes off the bench.

Don't be surprised if Hart ends up starting for the Lakers at shooting guard for most of this season.

End of 3rd quarter: Blazers 93, Lakers 91

12:38 a.m. - We have a close one, folks. A buzzer-beater by Josh Hart makes this a two point game going into the fourth.

12:34 a.m. - The Los Angeles Lakers have now made a 3-pointer thanks to Josh Hart.

12:26 a.m. - Brandon Ingram is carrying the Los Angeles Lakers in the third. With 4:08 to spare, he has 10 points in the quarter. The Lakers are back in business.

12:23 a.m. - The poor outside shooting continues for the Los Angeles Lakers. They are now 0-for-15 from 3-point range as a team.

12:17 a.m. - Al Farouq-Aminu put JaVale McGee on a poster!

End of 2nd quarter: Blazers 65, Lakers 63

11:55 p.m. - You wouldn't know it's the year 2018 based on how the Los Angeles Lakers played in the first half.

They currently have 50 points in the paint, 11 from the free throw line, two from midrange and ... zero from 3-point range. They're 0-for-12 from distance as a team.

Lakers vs. Blazers first half
The Lakers are still in this one, though, trailing by only two points heading into the third.

The leading scorer for Los Angeles is LeBron James, who has 18 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field.

The leading scorer for Portland? That would be Nik Stauskas, who has 16 points in 12 minutes off the bench.

11:41 p.m. - A quick 5-0 run by the Los Angeles Lakers cuts the Portland Trail Blazers lead to six points. Timeout Portland.

11:38 p.m. - LeBron James picks up his third foul of the game with 6:04 remaining in the second, but Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton is keeping him in the game.

11:28 p.m. - Nik. Stauskas. Can't. Miss. Make that 16 points on a perfect 6-for-6 shooting.

The last one was deep, too.

11:26 p.m. - Nik Stauskas is on fire! The Canadian has 13 points on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting (3-for-3 from 3-point range).

End of 1st quarter: Blazers 34, Lakers 31

11:22 p.m. - The Los Angeles Lakers went 13-for-15 in the paint in the first quarter. Out of the paint? They were 0-for-11. That seems important.

11:20 p.m. - The Portland Trail Blazers lead the Los Angeles Lakers 34-31 after 12 minutes.

LeBron James currently has 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field. The Lakers have also gotten six points out of Kyle Kuzma off the bench.

For the Blazers, Damian Lillard has a team-high 13 points.

11:18 p.m. - Back-to-back triples for Nik Stauskas to close the first quarter! That's what the Portland Trail Blazers are looking for from the Canadian this season.

11:07 p.m. - That LeBron James guy? Still pretty good at basketball. He has 11 points in seven minutes of action on 4-for-5 shooting from the field.

The Los Angeles Lakers have also gotten some great minutes out of Kyle Kuzma so far. They're +8 since he checked in for JaVale McGee at centre.

10:56 p.m. - Here's LeBron's first bucket as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers:

And here's the second:

Talk about an explosive start.

10:50 p.m. - Rajon Rondo gets the Los Angeles Lakers on the board to start the 2018-19 season.

10:48 p.m. - It's time for tipoff. Let's go!


10:43 p.m. - LeBron James is introduced for the first time as a Los Angeles Laker.

10:22 p.m. - LeBron James will come off the bench in his Los Angeles Lakers debut.

Just kidding. The King will start alongside Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Brandon Ingram and JaVale McGee.

Starting for the Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Jake Layman, Al Farouq-Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic.

9:03 p.m. - Fun fact from Mike Trudell of Lakers.com: Portland has won 18 straight (!) home openers. Will LeBron James bring that impressive streak to an end?

8:24 p.m. - Damian Lillard will wear a special pair of sneakers tonight as a tribute to Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen, who passed away earlier this week from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

8:05 p.m. - LeBron James is in the building for his Los Angeles Lakers debut! We're less than three hours away from game time.

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