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Trail Blazers Visit LA for Second Meeting in Five Days with Lakers

by Cody Sharrett

For the second time in under a week, the Portland Trail Blazers (16-23) renew their rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers (15-26) Tuesday night at STAPLES Center in downtown LA. The Blazers beat the Lakers Thursday in Portland, 118-109.

Overcoming a 14-point deficit in the second quarter, CJ McCollum’s 27 points led the Trail Blazers to the home victory. Damian Lillard returned to the lineup after missing five games with a sprained left ankle to record a double-double of 21 points and 10 assists on 7-of-14 shooting from the field. Evan Turner scored 20 points — all in the second half — off the bench to help the Portland to the comeback victory. 

For the Lakers, D'Angelo Russell scored 22 points, shooting 6-of-18 from the field in the defeat. Jordan Clarkson (21), Julius Randle (17), Nick Young (13), Brandon Ingram (11) and Lou Williams (10) each recorded double-figure scoring totals in the Los Angeles loss to the Blazers. 

Portland has won five consecutive road games versus the Lakers at STAPLES Center dating back to December 1, 2013. Overall, Portland has beaten LA in nine straight meetings. The Blazers lead the all-time series versus the Lakers, 119-98. 

Tipoff is set for 7:30pm from STAPLES Center as Kevin Calabro, Lamar Hurd and Brooke Olzendam provide live coverage on CSNNW. Brian Wheeler has the call on Rip City Radio 620 and the Trail Blazers mobile app.