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LA Lakers lose to Portland; making it two defeats in four games

Champions Lakers suffer second defeat in four games

NBA champions the Los Angeles Lakers lost for the second time in their opening four games of the new season as Damian Lillard inspired the Portland Trail Blazers to a 115-107 victory.

The Lakers, playing for the second time in as many nights, led 85-84 going into the final quarter at Staples Center.

“I thought we came out with great energy,” said Lakers coach Frank Vogel.

“When they made their runs we weren’t able to sustain the energy we began the game with.”

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