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LeBron James starts Lakers tenure with consecutive dunks

By Alex Butler
LeBron James starts Lakers tenure with consecutive dunks
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James scored 26 points in his franchise debut on Thursday in Portland. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 19 (UPI) -- LeBron James began his Los Angeles Lakers tenure by slamming in two consecutive dunks against the Portland Trail Blazers.

James provided the highlights in the first quarter of a 128-119 loss to the Trail Blazers on Thursday at the Moda Center in Portland.

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The first dunk came after James stole a Blazers in bound pass at the 9:25 mark. He raced down the left flank before cranking the ball back in his right hand. He then viciously brought that arm forward, slamming the ball through the net and letting out a scream for his first points in a Lakers uniform.

Damian Lillard answered back on the Blazers' next possession. He dribbled down the right side of the court and ran through the Lakers defense before throwing down a dunk of his own.

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But James wasn't finished. He dribbled coast-to-coast on the next possession. He navigated through the Blazers' defense before throwing down an even more powerful dunk than his first slam.

"I just play the game," James told reporters. "If it was going to be a dunk, that's what happened. It could have been a free throw, could have been a layup. It could have been a 3-pointer. It could have been anything. So it didn't matter [what it was] for me personally."

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James and Lillard each netted 13 points in the first quarter. Lillard finished the night with a game-high 28 points. He also had six rebounds and four assists. James scored 26 points and had 12 rebounds and six assists in the loss.

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The Lakers battle the Houston Rockets at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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