By Reliable Reliance
The LA Lakers win over Portland Trailblazers 135-115 to lead the series 3-1 was arguably their best game since the restart and thus far in the postseason.
What highlighted the game was Tribute to the Black Mamba, the late Kobe Bryant who died with daughter Gianna in a plane crash in January.
Starting off with 43 first quarter points saw the Lakers record largest lead of 24 and 80 first-half points, shooting well over 60% from the field and over 50% from the 3-point range.
The Lakers on court with a new uniform, the Mamba jersey, scored the first 15 points of the game. When Kentavious Caldwell-Pope despite being fouled by Portland All stars Damian Lillard finished a finger roll with 4:58sec left in the first quarter, the score read;
*Trailblazers 8. Lakers 24*
Caldwell-Pope didn’t complete the three point play such that it allowed the score to stay up 28secs; _legendary stuff_
The Mamba’s energy was in game 4 for the Lakers and they could sense it, they could feel it as they finished Game 4 making 56.3% of their field goals and 17 of 39 3s (43.6%). LeBron James finished with 30 points (10-for-12 field goals), 6 rebounds, 10 assists, 4 3-pointers and 1 block.
ESPN Stats & Information reveals that James is the first Laker with consecutive 30-point double-doubles in the playoffs since Kobe Bryant had three straight in the 2010 Western Conference finals against the Phoenix Suns.
Lakers’ Game 4 on 24/8 will be remembered for generations.