Lakers validate LeBron's proclamations of progress with win at Portland

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Luka duels LeBron Wes Matthews’ perplexing play and 6 more things from Mavs-Lakers

But between trading baskets and coming up on the wrong side of a few close calls from the officials, they were unable to make up enough ground to force overtime - due in large part to shooting just 6-of-35 from three - let alone secure the win. "This is something we do all the time".

Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum each scored 30 points for Portland.

"For us to be able to snap that versus a very good team obviously and then for us to come here, we haven't played as well as we'd like to on the road in one of the most hostile buildings in the Western Conference, it was a good win for us".

Walton, meanwhile, reiterated that despite the fanfare surrounding the arrival of James, rebuilding the Lakers after years of mediocrity - they have not reached the playoffs since 2013 - would take time.

Los Angeles is 3-5 to start the season after three straight losses marked the beginning of LeBron James's time as a Laker. "It's our choice either to hang on to those, or it's our choice to stay present and focus our energy and time on what we can do to get better". James and the rest of the team preached patience throughout the offseason, but we might already be seeing signals that Walton's Lakers tenure could be in the doubt if the Lakers don't like their direction with the coach. I think this season has to settle in to see where we are with it. Finally, in a hostile environment, this young Lakers group knows how that feels.

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

"I like Tyson Chandler", Stotts said. Him and JaVale go at it every day when we practice. The historic nature of the Lakers win at Portland wasn't lost on LeBron James nor Luke Walton after the game. So you don't just come up here and get hot and beat Portland. The Trail Blazers outrebounded the Lakers on the offensive glass, 16-9, resulting in a 17-14 advantage for Portland in second chance points.

"Classic LaVar Ball right there about coaching them with "(his) eyes closed".

In Los Angeles, LeBron James gave the Staples Centre crowd a fright when he missed the first of two free throws with two seconds left as the Lakers squeezed past the Dallas Mavericks 114-113.

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