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The Lakers and Blazers put on a show in honoring Kobe Bryant

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LeBron speaks from the heart to honor crash victims (4:24)

LeBron James trashes his notes and speaks from the heart to honor Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the seven other victims of the tragic helicopter crash. (4:24)

On Friday, the Los Angeles Lakers played a game for the first time since Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter accident on Sunday. The Lakers' scheduled game against the LA Clippers on Tuesday night was postponed in the aftermath of the tragedy.

The Lakers held a pregame ceremony for Bryant before tipoff against the Portland Trail Blazers and continued to honor him throughout the game, which ended in a Blazers victory.

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Remembering Kobe: Blazers 127, Lakers 119

The Lakers and Blazers began the game by exchanging violations to honor Kobe.

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Lakers, Blazers honor Kobe with 24- and 8-second violations

The Lakers win the tip and take a 24-second violation, followed by the Blazers' 8-second violation to honor the late Kobe Bryant.

Early on, James led the way as the Lakers made big plays in the first half. The Lakers' forward finished with 22 points.

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LeBron lofts no-look pass for Howard's slam

LeBron James pushes the pace and serves a no-look assist to Dwight Howard for the flush.

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LeBron, Davis rock the rim on back-to-back possessions

LeBron James and Anthony Davis spark the L.A. crowd with dunks on consecutive possessions.

In the second half, Damian Lillard caught fire with his trademark long-range shots and big finishes at the rim. Lillard finished with 48 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds.

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Lillard knocks down tough 3 plus the foul

Damian Lillard continues his hot third quarter by knocking down a tough 3-pointer plus the foul.

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Lillard hammers home incredible dunk

Damian Lillard slices through defenders and throws down a vicious dunk in traffic.

NBA superstars around the league were impressed.


Superstars perform to honor Kobe at Staples Center

The Lakers held pregame and halftime festivities to honor Kobe Bryant with performances by Usher, Ben Hong, Boyz II Men, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth.

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LeBron emotional during national anthem performed by Boyz II Men

LeBron James becomes emotional during the national anthem performed by Boyz II Men.

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Usher performs 'Amazing Grace' to begin ceremony

The Lakers begin their pregame ceremony to honor Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the seven victims of the helicopter crash with a rendition of "Amazing Grace," performed by Usher.

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Kobe Bryant tribute in his own words on his love of basketball and family

Ben Hong plays the cello while Kobe Bryant details his love for the game of basketball and his family in a video tribute.

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Tributes from inside Staples Center

When fans arrived at Staples Center, they found these shirts on their seats.

LeBron James entered the building.

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LeBron arrives before Lakers' first game since death of Kobe

LeBron James arrives at Staples Center a few hours before the Lakers play their first game since Kobe Bryant's death.

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Cook arrives for Lakers game with pic of Kobe and daughter on shirt

Quinn Cook arrives for the Lakers' game with a picture of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, on the front of his shirt.

The Lakers also made sure Kobe's name and number will be ever present inside the arena.


Dear Kobe...


Lakers pay homage to Kobe on feet


Carmelo sits out Friday night

Carmelo Anthony played in Portland's game Wednesday night, but decided to sit out Friday's game against the Lakers.

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