LOS ANGELES — After going a perfect 3-0 on their previous road trip, the Portland Trail Blazers wrapped up a 0-3 road trip with a 102-93 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night at Staple Center.
“I don’t know if there’s a common thread among these last three games,” said Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts. “But tonight, they gave Dame a lot of attention, we didn’t shoot the ball particularly well from three, which we have relied on, we’ve had a couple poor shooting quarters. Our turnovers gave us trouble in the third quarter, which led to their transition.”
The Trail Blazers are now 18-14 overall and 10-8 on the road this season. The loss extends their losing streak to four games, their longest dry spell of the season thus far, and ends a four-game losing streak for the Lakers.
“I think the level of competition has been a little bit more stiff,” said Damian Lillard. “The three home games and the three game trip that we went on were all teams in the same boat as us, fighting for a spot in the Western Conference. A lot of talent, just not the same amount of experience. We were the more experienced team in those games and we were able to pull out tight games, because of our experience. Then you fast forward to the Phoenix game, Denver game and then tonight, it was just experience.”