LeBron James scored 26 points on his NBA debut for the LA Lakers who slipped to a 128-119 loss by the Portland Trail Blazers in their season opener. This was Portland's 16th successive win over the 16-time NBA champions, dating back to 2013.
The four-time MVP’s total, is the second highest scored by a Lakers debutant, included 12 rebounds and six assists. Damian Lillard scored 28 points for Portland and Nik Stauskas matched his career high with 24, on his debut. The 33-year-old signed a four-year deal with the Lakers in the summer, According to reports, LeBron James will earn $154m (£118.2m) over the term.
James, who led Cleveland to their first NBA championship in 2016 after returning to the team from the Miami Heat, is playing for a Western Conference franchise for the first time in his career.