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"Portland Blazers" won a victory over "Los Angeles Lakers" with a score of 128 to 119 in the home match of the regular championship of National basketball Association. Josh Hart had 20 points for the Lakers, who got 13 points and 11 assists from Rajon Rondo in his team debut.

Tonight is the moment Los Angeles Lakers fans have been waiting for.

James insisted that miracles do not happen overnight.

"I'm always fresh", James said after shootaround Thursday morning.

"We have got to clean it up a little bit but it is the first game, we will be able to learn a lot from that". "I was there for the down times for the Lakers, when it was Kwame Brown, and [Kobe] didn't have a Pau".

"I was happy with the overall way that we played but obviously not with losing. Those were all positive".

Last season, the Lakers sprinkled in speakers such as actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Hollywood heavyweight Jeffrey Katzenberg and Olympic and world champion sprinter Allyson Felix to share their secrets to success. It got them within a game - within a half, really, the Rockets led at half of Games 6 and 7 vs the Warriors - of reaching the NBA Finals and nearly certainly bringing home a title.

But at 33, James is still a force, and he seemed to send a statement early in the game.

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Obviously we are not where we need to be but I don't think anyone expects that right off the bat. Sometimes he draws some stuff up and I look at him like, 'I didn't think [you could do that]'".

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But the rest of his night was full of challenges.

Portland stoked their lead to 79-72 mid-way through the third quarter. "We were down double digits".

Well, those questions are only going to get louder after the Lakers shot 7-of-30 (23.3 percent) from 3-point range in their opener.

Lillard finished with a game-high 28 points as he and shooting guard CJ McCollum (21 points) ran riot for the Trail Blazers in the second half. "I'm glad he's on our team", he said.

"He keeps the guys calm, especially on the road in a hostile environment". The Lakers went 35-47 without LeBron, and should win 45-48 games with him.

Freshman forward and Norcross, Georgia resident Amari Kelly, says he's basically a LeBron band-wagoner, but has some other sorts of things he's looking forward to seeing this season, too.

The Lakers don't catch a break in game two, facing the Houston Rockets and James Harden.

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