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TDIKH: October 28

Oct. 28, 2008 30 years, 66 days

Kobe Bryant’s fourth run to an NBA championship began with a statement, as the 30-year-old led the Lakers’ to a 20-point Opening Night victory over Portland.

L.A., which eventually won 96-76, jumped out to a 10-point lead after just one quarter. The Trail Blazers managed to inch within eight points in the third quarter, but Bryant scored the Lakers’ next 11 points, while Portland simultaneously hit just one shot.

Bryant finished with a game-high 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting, while also hauling in 11 rebounds for one of the three season-opening double-doubles of his career.

While Pau Gasol (15 points, 7-of-10) held his own on the offensive end, the Lakers handled Portland defensively by holding their foe to just 34.5 percent shooting (29-of-84).

“I’m surprised,” Bryant told the media after the game. “This is a team that gives us a lot of trouble. But we played very well, and I am very pleased.”

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