Nov 1, 2012 1:41 AM by Andrew Masuda
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Dwight Howard's 33 points and 14 rebounds were not enough for the Los Angeles Lakers in a 116-106 loss to the inspired Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.
Nicolas Batum had 26 points and the Blazers led by as many as 19 in handing the Lakers their second straight loss to open the season. Damian Lillard, the sixth overall pick in the June draft, had 22 points and 11 assists in his NBA debut for Portland.
The Lakers' troubles were compounded by the loss of guard Steve Nash to what appeared to be a left knee injury late in the first half.
Nash, acquired by the Lakers this summer, collided with Lillard and limped to the locker room.
He finished with 2 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 16 minutes of play.
Kobe Bryant finished with 30 points on 10 for 20 shooting, including 4 for 9 from three-point range.
The Lakers made 26 of their 32 free throws for 81 percent, a big improvement from the 12-31 (39%) performance in their opener against the Mavericks.
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