Trail Blazers visit Lakers as both look to finish 2021 on high note

Recently struggling Western Conference counterparts look to end 2021 on a high note Friday in Los Angeles when the Lakers welcome the Portland Trail Blazers to town for a New Year’s Eve matchup. Los Angeles dropped its sixth decision in the last seven on Wednesday, 104-99 at Memphis. LeBron James posted 37 points and 13 rebounds in the loss, and Russell Westbrook recorded a triple-double of 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, but a combination of 18 turnovers and just 16 fourth-quarter points doomed the Lakers.
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