Oct. 31, 2012; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews (2) drives against Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) during the first half at the Rose Garden. - Jaime Valdez-US PRESSWIRE

Lakers vs. Trail Blazers: L.A. falls to 0-2 with another loss in Portland

The Lakers suffered their second loss in as many nights on Wednesday with a 116-106 defeat at the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers, the 18th loss in the Lakers' last 22 regular season games at the Rose Garden.

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Lakers vs. Blazers recap, by the numbers

The Los Angeles Lakers continued to have trouble on defense on Wednesday night at the Rose Garden, and their 116-106 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers left the purple and gold 0-2 on the season. Here is a quick look back at the loss, with some numbers:

Three: Rookie point guard Damian Lillard had a stellar game against Steve Nash and Steve Blake on Wednesday, with 23 points and 11 assists. The former Weber State star joined Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson and Isiah Thomas as the only three players in NBA history to have at least 20 points and 10 assists in their very first NBA game.

61.8%: Shaking off a painful foot injury, Kobe Bryant has made 21 of his 34 field goal attempts through two games, including 10-for-20 against the Blazers. Bryant started Wednesday by making five of his first six shots, then made five of his final 14 attempts.

45: The Lakers are 0-2 on the season, as they were to start last season as well. The Lakers had never opened two consecutive years with a pair of losses since moving to Los Angeles. Per ESPN Stats and Info, the last time the Lakers started 0-2 in consecutive seasons was 1956-57 and 1957-58, 45 years ago when the team was in Minneapolis. That 1957-58 season, one that produced a 19-53 record, did earn the Lakers the right to draft Elgin Baylor with the first pick in the draft, so it wasn't all bad.

4-18: Rip City has been more like ripped city for the Lakers, who have not fared well in Portland, at least during the regular season. The Lakers have lost three straight road games to the Blazers, and have dropped 18 of their last 22 regular season games at the Rose Garden, dating back to the 2010 season.

57.5%: What a difference a day made for Dwight Howard at the charity stripe. Howard made just three of 14 free throws (21.4%) in Tuesday's loss to Dallas, then followed that up by hitting 15 of 19 free throws Wednesday in Portland en route to 33 points and 14 rebounds. Howard's 78.9% percentage marked a nearly 58% difference over his shooting the night before.

1.27: Thanks to Dexter Fishmore at Silver Screen and Roll, we can see that Portland racked up 116 points on just 91 possessions, an astonishing 1.27 points per possession. The Lakers were 13th in the NBA last season with 1.04 points allowed per possession.

24: The Lakers shot 50% from the field, and outrebounded the Blazers 45-30, yet they were never really in the game in the fourth quarter. That was thanks in part to 24 turnovers, six more than the team had in any game last season.


Lakers fall in Portland, 116-106

The Los Angeles Lakers still have yet to win as a team in the Dwight Howard era, falling to the Portland Trail Blazers 116-106.


Steve Nash out of game with shin injury

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash left Wednesday's game a second time after injuring his shin in the second quarter. Nash has a contusion in his lower left leg and will not return on Wednesday.

Nash injured his shin late in the second quarter when he collided with Portland's Damian Lillard. He limped off the court and met with the training staff before spending the rest of the first half in the locker room. He came out to start the third quarter wearing a protective sleeve over his shin and appeared ready to play the second half. After re-entering the game, Nash was clearly bothered by the injury and once again exited for the locker room.

Nash joins a long list of Lakers nursing injuries, including Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard. The injury comes at a tough time for the Lakers as Los Angeles is scheduled to play the Clippers on Friday. Playing a third game in three days and attempting to guard Chris Paul would already be a tough situation for Nash. Attempting to do that at less than 100 percent will be a serious challenge for the 38-year-old Nash.


Steve Nash limps to locker room after collission

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash left Wednesday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second quarter. Nash collided with Blazers point guard Damian Lillard and appeared to bump knees with Lillard. Nash then limped off the court and walked back to the Lakers' locker room after briefly talking with the medical staff.

The Lakers' training staff said Nash injured his shin, and not his knee or ankle, but is expected to return in the second half, according to Mike Trudell of NBA.com.

The injury occurred after Nash had played 15 minutes against Portland. After scoring just seven points in his Lakers debut on Tuesday, Nash had scored two points on 1-of-3 shots before heading back to the locker room. He did, however, have four assists before leaving.

Steve Blake entered the game for Nash and played the rest of the second quarter. The injury is just the latest to hit the Lakers, who have also been dealing with injuries to Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard.


Lakers trail Blazers 62-57 at halftime

Kobe Bryant scored 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting in the first half, but the Los Angeles Lakers trail the Portland Trail Blazers at halftime, 62-57 at the Rose Garden. The Lakers are just 4-17 in their last 21 regular season games in Portland, dating back to 2000, and have lost their last two.

Steve Nash had four assists and two points, but left the game late in the half after bumping knees with Damian Lillard. Nash limped to the locker room under his own power.

Bryant made three of his five shots from three-point range. In six quarters this season Bryant is shooting 73.9% (17-for-23) from the field. The Lakers trailed 30-26 after one quarter.

Dwight Howard led the Lakers in the opening half with 17 points, including 11-for-14 from the free throw line, a stark improvement from making three of 14 from the charity stripe in the Lakers' opening night loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

Pau Gasol, who scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Tuesday night, scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds in the first half for the Lakers on 4-for-9 shooting.

The Blazers were led in the first half by Nicolas Batum, who scored 19 points and grabbed four rebounds.

The Lakers shot 52.9% (18-for-34) in the first half, including 5-for-10 from three-point range.

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