Blazers vs. Lakers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Portland Trail Blazers (13-21) play against the Los Angeles Lakers (19-19) at STAPLES Center

Game Time: 10:30 PM EST on Friday December 31, 2021

Portland Trail Blazers 0, Los Angeles Lakers 0 (10:30 pm ET)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Looking forward to see Austin Reaves back tonight…
@ESPNLosAngeles PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Starting 5 in the city of Angels.
0⃣ @Damian Lillard
2⃣4⃣ @Norman Powell
9⃣ @Nassir Little
1⃣7⃣ @Tony Snell
1⃣1⃣ @Larrydn22
#RipCity | @stormxio PM

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Follow the King 👑 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Grizzlies matched the opponent season high for paint points with 72.
The Lakers also scored 72 paint points in a game against the Spurs’ defense earlier this season. – 10:27 PM

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Last 5⃣ of 2021.
#SuitingUpTogether | @ToyotaSoCal PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
The Lakers are starting LeBron James at center once again tonight vs. POR. Former Laker Larry Nance Jr. is manning the middle for the Blazers. Also of note, Stanley Johnson remains in the starting lineup at PF for LAL, even with A. Reaves, T. Ariza and K. Bazemore returning – 10:11 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Lakers start small again with LeBron at C:
Westbrook, Bradley, Monk, Johnson and LeBron
Portland is also small, with Larry Nance Jr. at center, alongside Lillard, Powell, Snell and Little. – 10:01 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Stanley Johnson is still in the starting lineup — LeBron is in at center. Darren Collison among the notable inactives. PM

Matt Williams @StatsWilliams
Trae Young has scored 25 points in 15 straight games, the 2nd-longest streak in Hawks history.
December marked the 3rd time in his career he averaged 30 points and 10 assists in a calendar month (min. 10 games).
Only Russell Westbrook has done that more over the last 35 years. – 10:00 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Tonight’s -13 point differential in the fourth quarter was the worst of the season by the Clippers.
The only other two games where they lost the fourth quarter by 10 points were blowout losses at Portland and New Orleans. – 9:59 PM

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Available. PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Feels a lot like the Lakers game a few nights back. Guys were struggling to score, but hit key shots down the stretch. You hope they can pull it together before the 4th. – 9:34 PM

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Play Lakers Pick ‘Em for your chance to win tickets to the January 19 game vs the Pacers. – 9:30 PM

Jamie Hudson @JamieHudson_
Ringing in the New Year with @KOINNews 🥳
We’ll have all your Blazers-Lakers highlights, CFP highlights, & much more tonight at 11! #RipCity PM

Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Lakers/Blazers tonight at 7:30p…Always a tough matchup vs Dame
@ESPNLosAngeles PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Frank Vogel, in addition to being available himself tonight, says Kent Bazemore, Austin Reaves and Trevor Ariza will all be available to play. – 8:48 PM

Bill Oram @billoram
Frank Vogel (!) says Kent Bazemore, Trevor Ariza and Austin Reaves will all be available tonight vs Portland after being in the Covid protocols. – 8:48 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Frank Vogel said Trevor Ariza, Austin Reaves and Kent Bazemore are all available coming out of protocols. – 8:47 PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Final fits of the year ✌️ PM

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers

Mary Schmitt Boyer/Jodie Valade @PDcavsinsider
Former Cavs Coach Mike Fratello does TV work for the L.A. Clippers. He has seen quite a bit of Rajon Rondo in the last few years. PM

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
I spoke with Stanley Johnson about joining the Lakers, growing up wanting to play for LAL, his conversations with Frank Vogel, his career, and his goal of sticking on the 15-man roster.
New feature for @TheAthletic:…7:44 PM

Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
Dwight Powell has four straight dunks on the heads of the Kings – 7:32 PM

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
👋 coach PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets defense has been considerably better than it was to start against the Lakers, and the Heat have made 7 of 9 shots, with assists on five of them. – 7:22 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Also, tonight is the Daniel Oturu #RevengeGame … he was thrown in the Eric Bledsoe trade, a transaction that ensured that none of the four players involved (Patrick Beverley, Rajon Rondo) actually played a game for the Memphis Grizzlies
Oturu is one of nine Raptors off bench. – 7:16 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Robert Williams’ 5-block, triple-double Friday afternoon was the first in the NBA in nearly three years (Jusuf Nurkic, Jan. 2019).
Only five players have done it in the last decade (Nurkic, Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol, Boogie Cousins and Draymond Green (twice)) – 6:38 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
The FVV-Trent-OG-Siakam-Birch unit, which starts for the Raptors tonight, has only appeared in 1 game so far this season: the Nov 15 loss to Portland.
In 6 mins together, they scored 19 pts and allowed 19 pts. Smallest of small sample sizes, but the Blazers shot 8-for-10 vs them – 6:37 PM

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
We’ll never know if Notre Dame, Baylor or Ohio State would’ve made this a better game but Cincinnati deserved the shot even though my 93-year-old dad says ‘Cincinnati was a Questionable 4 seed’ – 6:15 PM

Jusuf Nurkic @bosnianbeast27
Demar the dagger 😁 – 6:06 PM

DeAndre Jordan @DeAndre
#35 @TobiOye… – 5:58 PM

Trey Kerby @treykerby
I first said the Bulls are BACK! after a comeback win against the Blazers on January 5, 2021. They went 52-48 in 100 games this year and go in to 2022 first in the East. 👀🔴 – 5:32 PM

Trendon Watford @trendonw
Off one leg???😳 – 5:30 PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Ring in the New Year with us 🥂 PM

Marla Ridenour @MRidenourABJ
Updated with the signing of guard Brandon Goodwin to a 10-day contract: #Cavaliers acquire guard Rajon Rondo from #Lakers for Denzel Valentine… via @beaconjournal5:17 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Cincinnati isn’t doing any worse against Alabama than Michigan State did, or Notre Dame did, or Washington did. This shouldn’t be a referendum against Group of Five schools. This should just be further confirmation that Alabama is awesome. – 5:15 PM

David Hardisty @clutchfans
Lakers fans trying to sell Rockets fans on a trade for Russell Westbrook PM

Mike Beuoy @inpredict
Pacesetters: which players have the biggest (on/off) impact on their team’s offensive pace.
The Lakers play slower with Lebron on the floor.
The Warriors play faster with Steph on the floor. PM