#BeatLA: Blazers going for 15th consecutive win over Lakers
A quick look back
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The Blazers have now won a season-high six straight and eight of its last nine games after beating the Oklahoma City Thunder at home on Saturday night, 108-100. CJ McCollum scored 28 points, to go along with his eight rebounds and six assists while Damian Lillard added 20 points.
Evan Turner got the start on Saturday in place of the injured Maurce Harkless. Turner had 17 points after going 6-of-10 from the floor, including 3 of 4 from deep.
But it was rookie Zach Collins, who stole the show, with a career-high 12 points, five rebounds, and two big-time blocks.
As for the Lakers, LA has found its groove and now has won five in a row and 17 of its last 24 games. The Lakers are coming off a 116-112 road win over the Spurs on Saturday. LA overcame a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to get the win. Julius Randle led the way with 25 points. Lonzo Ball added 18 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds. Ball had a career-high six three-pointers.
Monday’s game between the Blazers and Lakers will be the third and final meeting of the season. Portland has already won the first two games, which put the Blazers winning streak to 14 games in the recent series against the Lakers.
In their most recent matchup on November 2nd, it was Damian Lillard’s three-pointer with .07 seconds to go in the game that gave the Blazers the 113-110 victory. Lillard finished with 32 points, six rebounds, and five assists in the win. Portland jumped out to a 41-25 lead after the first quarter, but the Lakers were able to chip away at the lead and make it ball game. In the loss for the Lakers, Lonzo Ball had zero points as he went 0-for-2 from the field.
The Trail Blazers have listed Maurice Harkless (left knee) as questionable for Monday’s game vs. the Lakers.
As for the Lakers, Brandon Ingram (left hip flexor strain) is doubtful and both Channing Frye (appendectomy) and Josh Hart (left hand fourth metacarpal fracture) are out for Monday’s contest.
Blazers’ playoff picture update
The Trail Blazers currently hold sole possession of the 3rd spot in the Western Conference standings with their 37-26 record. Portland is a half game up on the New Orleans Pelicans who sit in the 4th slot. It is going to be a crazy race to the finish in the West. The Blazers have a total of 19 games to go in the regular season and 10 of those contests are at home.
LA sits in the 11st spot out West. The Lakers are 28-43 on the season while riding their five game winning streak.
***The standings are up to date as of Monday early afternoon.
Video: Collins’ career night
Video: Not on Z’s watch
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles CA
Television: NBCS Northwest
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