LOS ANGELES — Coach Norman Dale would be proud of that passing.
Well, maybe not the way it started, with LaMarcus Aldridge almost turning the ball over at midcourt, but once he whips it back into play the Blazers have the floor spaced and make some beautiful passes, while the Lakers’ defense scrambled.
Before the game Lakers coach Byron Scott was praising the Blazers spacing and ball movement on offense. He probably was not hoping to see this kind of demonstration, however.
The Lakers hung close with the Blazers for a little more than three quarters on Sunday night, doing it without Kobe Bryant.
Hat tip to Ben Golliver of SI.