When Westbrook was replaced in the third quarter with the Lakers trailing 74-72, the team rallied to win the game.
They were up 98-90 and appeared to be in control by the time Russ eventually made it out to the field with just under 5 minutes left in the game.
With Russ on the court, LA's offense just could not run effectively, and the Blazers absolutely took control in the closing minutes.
and newcomer Jerami Grant made the game-winning basket with three seconds left as LeBron failed to force overtime at the buzzer.
James had another outstanding performance for the Lakers, finishing with 31 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. With the exception of one awful shot, Anthony Davis played fairly well.
He notched his first double-double of the year with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Russ only had 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists while shooting 4-15 from the field