Magic Johnson "Admonished" Luke Walton After Winless Two-Game Trip

Florence Fletcher
November 4, 2018

That is the task faced by Lakers coach Luke Walton, and it appears the pressure is revving up. It's one of those games. "We have seen that with LeBron going to Miami, and we have seen that when he came back to Cleveland".

The Lakers scored the first eight points and led by 18 in the first quarter as they went 15 of 23 from the field and made six 3-pointers.

The win was the Lakers second consecutive victory and improved their record to 4-5, but there is no time for celebration as they will come right back home and host the Eastern Conference's elite, the Toronto Raptors.

The Lakers had seven turnovers in the fourth quarter and finished with 20 overall, but they survived their mistakes.

"I don't like the way we closed out the game, but for the majority of the game we played well", James said. "We had a couple turnovers during that stretch that they converted quickly in transition".

"We know where we're going and we know what it takes to get there".

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It took LeBron James to help the Los Angeles Lakers snap a lengthy losing streak against Portland. The Trail Blazers would ultimately cut the Lakers lead to 109-104 with just over a minute to play in regulation.

"We're still in the real early stages", James said. "Great teammate, obviously that was a few years ago but he impacts the game at the defensive end". But it was the Rondo-led second unit that really swayed things in the Lakers' favor, scoring 51 points and getting some unexpected contributions. This is something that we do all the time.

"I think every game, every road trip, every film session, every day that we're together is going to continue to get us more and more familiar with one another".

James is getting his numbers, averaging 27.8 points, 8.0 assists and 8.6 rebounds per contest through October 31.

Evan Turner and Zach Collins combined to score 21 points of the bench.

The Lakers have looked explosive on offense averaging the sixth most points per game in this young season (121.0), but have looked completely lost defensively giving up the fifth most points per game (121.1). The Lakers also have a hard opening schedule and lost starters Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram to recently completed suspensions. Los Angeles had 11 blocks to Portland's five.

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