Damian Lillard led the Portland Trail Blazers past the Los Angeles Lakers, 100-93, to take the lead of the series, shocking the biggest favorites to the title. It was expected that the Blazers will put some pressure on the Lakers and they confirmed that. Lillard and co. did a terrific job in front of the Purple and Gold, who let the game slip in the last seconds, forgetting about giving a foul to Lillard and letting the clock run out.
Lillard finished the game with 34 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds, shooting 43% from the field. Dame was great, but the Lakers missing plenty of open shots played a key role in this loss. Following the game, fans reacted to the Lakers' performance and they didn't have many good things to say about them.
LeBron James seemed scared, Anthony Davis faded in the second half of the game, Danny Green wasn't sharp, it was a recipe for disaster. They need to figure things out if they plan to win this series. The Blazers are inspired, they've been playing with this playoffs mentality since the seeding games started and the Lakers appear to still be figuring things out.
Frank Vogel and his pupils will have a lot to talk about tomorrow. This series was expected to be extremely entertaining and this first game didn't disappoint fans.