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Sport Lakers return after Bryant's death, lose 127-119 to Blazers

08:50  01 february  2020
08:50  01 february  2020 Source:   ap.org

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers dried their eyes and took the Staples Center court for the first time since Kobe Bryant's death with a resolve that would have made him proud.

Damian Lillard played through the basketball world's collective heartbreak with his own remarkable effort.

Lillard scored 48 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat Los Angeles 127-119 on Friday night in the Lakers' first game since Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash.

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The Los Angeles Lakers , shattered by the death of franchise icon Kobe Bryant , are trying to wrench their attention back to their pursuit of an NBA title, a chase that resumes Friday against the Portland Trail Blazers . "We're concentrating on the work," head coach Frank Vogel told reporters at the team' s

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BOX SCORE: TRAIL BLAZERS 127, LAKERS 119

Lillard hit seven 3-pointers and added 10 assists and nine rebounds in a phenomenal performance that sent the Blazers to a win over an opponent still dealing with the trauma of the crash five days earlier.

Both teams stood on the court during a poignant pregame tribute to Bryant including songs, Kobe highlights and a stirring speech by LeBron James. Highlights of Bryant's career played during every break, but Lillard put on a show between the whistles.

Lillard's seven 3-pointers gave him 40 in his last five games, setting an NBA record. But even the Blazers star knew results were secondary this time.

“Nobody is going to win tonight,” Lillard told ESPN during the game. “Kobe is gone. His family isn't going to get him back. This is just basketball.”

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The Los Angeles Lakers , reeling from the death of team icon Kobe Bryant , "want to represent what Kobe was about" as they press ahead with the NBA season, coach But the timetable for returning to NBA action is set, with the Lakers to host the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center arena on Friday.

The Los Angeles Lakers , reeling from the death of team icon Kobe Bryant , "want to represent what Kobe was about" as they press ahead with the NBA season, coach But the timetable for returning to NBA action is set, with the Lakers to host the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center arena on Friday.

James had 22 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, and Anthony Davis had 37 points and 15 boards in the Lakers' first game since last Saturday.

Hassan Whiteside scored 30 points, and C.J. McCollum added 19 for the Blazers.

The entire evening was likely both profoundly painful and cathartic for anyone who loves the Lakers or Bryant, who won five championships while playing his entire 20-year NBA career in purple and gold.

Bryant retired in 2016, but he remained a franchise icon and an inspiration to the current players, who learned about his death on their plane ride home from an East Coast road trip. Their next game against the Clippers was postponed, and the Lakers franchise persevered through a brutal week of coping with the loss.

The Lakers finally got back to basketball after a pregame ceremony honoring Bryant's life and his impact on basketball. Several Lakers teared up during the ceremony, as did the Blazers — but after both teams took 24-second and 8-second violations off the opening tip, they lifted the heavy moment with grace.

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The Los Angeles Lakers , reeling from the death of team icon Kobe Bryant , "want to represent what Kobe was about" as they press ahead with the NBA season, coach But the timetable for returning to NBA action is set, with the Lakers to host the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center arena on Friday.

The Los Angeles Lakers , reeling from the death of team icon Kobe Bryant , "want to represent what Kobe was about" as they press ahead with the NBA season, coach But the timetable for returning to NBA action is set, with the Lakers to host the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center arena on Friday.

Davis began the game with red eyes, but managed to score 18 points in the first quarter alone. The Lakers committed 13 turnovers in the first half while playing with an obvious surfeit of energy.

Lillard, the gifted California native, went wild in the third quarter, scoring 23 points and hitting six 3-pointers in a virtuoso display of offensive skill.

The Lakers then trailed by 12 in the fourth quarter before a “Kobe! Kobe!” chant broke out. They promptly made a 9-0 run, but the Blazers stayed steadily ahead.

The ceremony began in a darkened arena with Usher singing “Amazing Grace.” Staples Center then showed a video of Bryant's highlights narrated by his own voice.

James then took the microphone, discarded his prepared speech and commanded the crowd with stirring words from the heart. James joined the Lakers in 2018, and he spoke to Bryant several hours before the crash when Kobe congratulated LeBron on moving past him into third place on the NBA's career scoring list.

“So in the words of Kobe Bryant, 'Mamba out,'" James said. "But in the words of us, ‘not forgotten.’ Live on, brother.”

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Lakers public address announcer Lawrence Tanter then introduced each of the Lakers' five starters as Kobe Bryant, drawing tears and cheers from the sellout crowd.

The Lakers, the Clippers and the NHL's Kings all lost their first games at Staples Center after the death of Bryant, who played his final 17 seasons in the downtown arena.

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: Carmelo Anthony missed the game for what the Blazers called personal reasons. Anthony and Bryant were close friends. ... Lillard became the third player in league history with at least six 3-pointers in five straight games.

Lakers: Quinn Cook, who idolized Bryant, was visibly affected by the ceremony. He checked into the game in the second quarter wearing his new No. 28 jersey, which represents Gianna (2) and Kobe (8). ... Alex Caruso played despite neck soreness.

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: Host the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

Lakers: Visit the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

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Kobe Bryant shirts are set on seats inside the Staples Center in advance of the Los Angeles Lakers game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Former Lakers star Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday on January 31, 2020.

Probe: No engine failure in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash .
Wreckage from the helicopter that crashed last month and killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others did not show any evidence of outward engine failure, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday. Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and the others died in the Jan. 26 crash in Calabasas, California. The group was flying to a girls basketball tournament at his Mamba Sports Academy. Gianna's team was coached by Bryant and was playing in the tournament.

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