Three weeks after blowing a huge halftime lead to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Trail Blazers weren’t about to let it happen again.
It wasn’t quite the 25 point lead they let slip away in January, but Portland led by 19 at halftime in an easy 127-115 win over a Lakers team missing LeBron James.
Damian Lillard dominated early, with 30 of his 40 points in the first half.
Newcomer Matisse Thybulle, touted for his defense but considered a liability on offense, scored 14 points on 4-6 from the 3-point line along with three blocks and a steal.
Shaedon Sharpe continued his emergence with 15 points in 26 minutes including this monster dunk:
Up next for the Trail Blazers – they host the Washington Wizards at 7pm on Tuesday night.