Found November 01, 2012 on
Los Angeles Lakers
Portland Trail Blazers
Dwight Howard's 33 points and 14 rebounds were not enough for the Los Angeles Lakers in a 116-106 loss to the inspired Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.
Nicolas Batum had 26 points and the Blazers led by as many as 19 in handing the Lakers their second straight loss to open the season. Damian Lillard, the sixth overall pick in the June draft, had 22 points and 11 assists in his NBA debut for Portland.
The Lakers' troubles were compounded by the loss of guard Steve Nash to a bruised left leg late in the first half.
Nash, acquired by the Lakers this summer, collided with Lillard and limped to the locker room. Although the team initially reported he was fine, Nash struggled when he returned for the second half and left the game for good a short time later.
Kobe Bryant had 30 points for the Lakers.
The loss, as well as the injury to Nash, came a day after Los Angeles dropped its season opener at home 99-91 to the Dallas Mavericks, spoiling the Lakers debuts of both...
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For the uninitiated among us, lets set the record straight: New Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigans most critical misstep this summer was not merely the act of trading franchise center Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers.
After all, it was plain to see that the Howard-Magic relationship had fallen into such a state of disrepair, the cloud hanging over the team growing...
Dwight Howard is fouled as he goes up for a dunk.
The Lakers got huge games from both Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant, but turnovers and bad defense did them in again, as they dropped to 0-2 on the young season, with a 116-106 loss in Portland.
For the second straight night, the Lakers floundered and flailed, and were again unable to mount any real consistent play in dropping yet...
Last year when Dwight Howard went down with a back injury, Glen Davis really stepped up in his absence. Davis’ numbers went up and he averaged 19 points a game in the Magic’s first round playoff loss to the Indiana Pacers. With Howard shipped off to L.A., Davis is hoping his streak of solid play will continue, and he’ll become the go to guy in Orlando. Never short on confidence...
In an interesting article by Yahoo! Sports, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard had plans on joining forces. They were teammates in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and grew closer. Apparently, Chris Paul wanted Dwight Howard to come to New Orleans and play for the Hornets. On the other hand, Dwight Howard wanted Chris Paul to come to Orlando and play for the Magic. When they realized...
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Orlando Magic take the first step in the post-Dwight Howard era Friday night when they open the season at home against the Denver Nuggets, and it's still anyone's guess as to what direction they are headed.
Howard was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in August. Gone too in offseason trades are power forward Ryan Anderson and shooting guard Jason...
Chris Paul and Dwight Howard have discussed playing together since 2009.
I had to consult with Crossover's second in command, Phillip Rossman-Reich, for the video for Orlando Magic day. Apparently, former Magic guard Darrel Armstrong is adored in Magic nation. Yeah, who knew?
But as Phil told me the reasons why Darrel is so loved is because of his heart and hustle. Something the 2012-13 Magic squad is going to need considering the team is left in...
The Black Mamba told Beto Duran that he’ll just have to wait and see how his foot feels after shootaround. But that there’s an 85% chance he’ll be on the floor.
My money says there’s a 1000% Kobe will be playing tonight, he has to show Dwight Howard how it’s down in LA.
Now that the drama of trading for Dwight Howard is over, the Nets can focus on trying to become a legit contender in the East. They traded for Joe Johnson to pair with Deron Williams which instantly gives them one of the top 5 back courts in the NBA.
If Brook Lopez can stay healthy and build off of his 19 points and 4 rebounds average for his career he could give the Nets a valid...
EL SEGUNDO, CA -- What would a Laker season be without some Kobe Bryant drama at some point?
This year it came a bit earlier than the team and its fans expected.
Content with his newly rebuilt team of Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Antawn Jamison, Bryant seemed very happy throughout the preseason, averaging 20.4 points, 4.8 rebound and 3.4 assists in just 28 minutes per game. While...
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers discovered on opening night that four superstars do not a team make. The Dallas Mavericks, meanwhile, discovered life without their one star isn't quite so glum. With Dirk Nowitzki out after knee surgery, Dallas marched into Staples Center and spoiled the Lakers debuts of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, taking a 99-91 win Tuesday. It...