LeBron James Publicly Backs Luke Walton

LeBron James and Luka Doncic

Lakers president Magic Johnson reportedly held a fiery meeting with Walton this week expressing his anger at the franchise's sluggish start to the season.

The game appeared to be headed to overtime but the Mavericks veteran Wesley Matthews took it upon himself to intentionally foul James on the Lakers' final possession with two seconds left. "We knew it was going to be like that from the summer when 'Zo had the knee surgery".

"The first and third quarters defensively we were pretty good and then we had two terrible quarters".

By time the third quarter was over, the Lakers had outscored the Trail Blazers 32-16 on almost 60 percent shooting in the quarter to take an 88-73 lead into the fourth.

After Los Angeles extended their lead to 20 early in the fourth, Portland went on a late-game run thanks to seven Lakers turnovers and some timely shotmaking from CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard.

Luca Doncic tied it at 113-113 on a jumper, setting the stage for James' game-winning free throw.

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More often than not he is double-marked, with any opposition team safe in the knowledge they do not have much else to worry about. Live coverage of the game will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

"Our defense won us the game tonight", Walton said. The Trail Blazers outrebounded the Lakers on the offensive glass, 16-9, resulting in a 17-14 advantage for Portland in second chance points. Could Walton have a change of heart after seeing Rondo thrive with the first unit? But any objective observer would have to conclude the team is getting better.

"The Lakers are expected to be at the front of the line to sign Tyson Chandler once he clears waivers, league sources say". A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed the buyout plan to The Associated Press on Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Suns had not yet revealed it publicly.

Portland's opening night hero Nik Stauskas left the arena with a glum look, his wife and family in tow, as Luke Walton praised his team's defensive effort. Stotts coached Chandler in Dallas in 2011.

"Magic and I talk a lot about basketball and our team and his opinions and my opinions", Walton said. He's a great locker room guy, great teammate. After that, the Lakers return home to face the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

Derrick Rose dusted off his MVP costume, dropping a career-high 50 points to power the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 128-125 win over Utah in a NBA Northwest Division showdown on Wednesday.

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