LeBron James loses in LA Lakers debut despite sensational start

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The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Portland Trailblazers 128-119 for their 16th straight time.

"They hit another three, we came down [and] missed a shot".

"You gotta try and get stop when the momentum is shifting".

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James was up to his usual tricks in the season-opener, leading the Lakers in scoring and rebounds with 26 & 12, in addition to six assists, but the Lakers couldn't hang with the Blazers.

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"It's not instant oatmeal".

James has now lost all four National Basketball Association debuts during his career - including his dramatic return to Cleveland in 2014 - but believes his new team just needs time. "It takes some time to get that chemistry where you can just close your eyes and know exactly where guys are".

His game was not ideal, however, as James went 0-4 on three-pointers and notched six turnovers.

"I liked our fight to get back in the game", James said. "We were down double digits".

Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard said his team had a clear plan and focus to spoil James' debut in the purple and gold. We ran a play late in the game as well and I turned the ball over. [Rajon] Rondo had a couple where he drove baseline and JaVale [McGee] thought it was going to him, it was going to me, he knocked the ball out of bounds. "Those were all positives".

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