NBA: LA Lakers beat Blazers to even series

Orlando, Aug 21 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 8/21/2020 10:15:10 AM IST

Anthony Davis scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers earned a 111-88 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night to even the first-round series at one game apiece.

LeBron James added a modest 10 points with six rebounds and seven assists in 27 minutes as the Lakers rebounded from a 100-93 defeat to the eighth-seeded Blazers in Game 1.
The Lakers led by nine points in the opening quarter minutes and increased that to 17 in the first half. The advantage reached 32 late in the third quarter as the Lakers jumped on top 88-56.
Blazers guard Damian Lillard was held to 18 points while CJ McCollum added 13. Portland were limited to 40 per cent shooting from the field and 27.6 per cent (8-of-29) from three-point range.
Lillard, who left the game with a dislocated left index finger late in the third quarter, had his lowest scoring game since the NBA’s restart late last month. He scored at least 34 points in each of his previous five games, including a 61-point effort on August 11 against the Dallas Mavericks.
Davis took charge early in Game 2, scoring 21 points by half-time and reaching 31 through three quarters. He did not play in the fourth. Davis was 13-of-21 from the field and 3-of-4 from three-point range.
James took more of a background role in Game 2. His 10 points marked his lowest scoring playoff game since he had seven points for the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 16 for the Lakers while JR Smith had 11 and JaVale McGee added 10.
Milwaukee Bucks 111 – 96 Orlando Magic: Top-seeded Milwaukee held eighth-seeded Orlando to three first-quarter field goals en route to a double-digit lead, then rode Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 28 points and game-high 20 rebounds to even their best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series at one game apiece.
Nikola Vucevic went for a game-high 32 points, but no other member of the Magic topped 12 as Milwaukee avenged a poor defensive effort in a 122-110 loss in Game 1 on Tuesday.
Brook Lopez chipped in with 20 points, while Pat Connaughton added 15, Eric Bledsoe had 13 to complement a game-high seven assists and Donte DiVincenzo 11 for the Bucks, who outshot the Magic 47.2 percent to 34.8 percent.
Miami Heat 109 – 100 Indiana Pacers: Duncan Robinson tied a franchise postseason record with seven 3-pointers in just his second career playoff game, helping Miami take a 2-0 lead in its first-round Eastern Conference series against Indiana.
Robinson finished with a game-high 24 points, Goran Dragic added 20 and Jimmy Butler had 18 in a balanced attack that allowed the fifth-seeded Heat to successfully follow up on their 113-101 triumph in the series opener. The Heat never trailed in the second half.
Victor Oladipo, playing two days after suffering an eye injury that required brief hospitalization, led the fourth-seeded Pacers with 22 points. Myles Turner and Malcom Brogdon added 17 apiece.


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