Lillard, McColllum lead Trail Blazers over Lakers 105-98.
Portland Trail Blazers 105, Los Angeles Lakers 98
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Trail Blazers’ celebration of the 40th anniversary of their 1977 NBA championship ended appropriately — with a win.
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum scored 24 points apiece and Portland beat the Los Angeles Lakers 105-98 on Wednesday night, with players from the championship team looking on.
It was Portland’s 11th straight victory in regular-season games against the Lakers.
Lakers vs Blazers Replay
With two consecutive wins, the Blazers look to build some much-needed momentum. They host Memphis on Friday night before Golden State on Sunday.
Los Angeles was led by Lou Williams with 31 points, including six 3-pointers. The Lakers were coming off a 122-73 loss at Dallas on Sunday, the most lopsided loss in franchise history.
Lillard made three free throws after he was fouled by Jose Calderon to tie it, and Portland pulled in front on McCollum’s 3-pointer. McCollum extended the lead with a reverse layup with 2:40 left. The Blazers led the rest of the way.
Mason Plumlee had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Blazers, who defeated the Celtics in Boston 127-123 in overtime on Saturday to snap a four-game losing streak.