LeBron James Encouraged By First Game With Lakers

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Unfortunately, it finished the same way the Cleveland Cavaliers chapter ended...in a loss!

Things are going to take some time for this Lakers team - which is not only young, but added a bunch of new pieces over the summer - to figure everything out. Portland won their home opener for an NBA-record 18th straight time and extended their streak of consecutive victories over the Lakers to 16 dating back to 2013. The win is also Portland's 18th straight opening night win which is a National Basketball Association record.

"Every step along the path is always different and challenging in its own right", James said of starting a new season with a new franchise.

LeBron James played a typical LeBron James game (more on that later) scoring 26 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out six assists.

LeBron James didn't take long to set the tone for his season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

In Washington, Kelly Olynyk followed up Dwyane Wade's miss with 0.2 second remaining, and the visiting Miami Heat defeated the Wizards 113-112. Are they trying to get these young guys ready for next year or are they going to try to win this year with those old guys.

Ball is will also be on a minutes restriction for the night, Luke Walton said during the morning shootaround. "It takes a while to get to where you can close your eyes and know exactly where your guys are".

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In a move that was telegraphed for much of the week and should come as no surprised, Lonzo Ball will not start tonight's regular-season opener in Portland against the Trail Blazers.

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