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Kyle Kuzma scored a game-high 30 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to their first-ever Las Vegas Summer League trophy with a 110-98 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Kuzma, the 27th overall pick of the NBA Draft, was red-hot from the floor, shooting 11-of-16 from the field (6-of-10 from three) to go along with 10 rebounds to be named the championship game MVP.

“I didn’t know I was that aggressive,” Kuzma said per Joey Ramirez of “I wasn’t like that in college. Definitely not that aggressive. When I’m locked in and focused, I can do pretty much anything I want.”

Caleb Swanigan, named to the All-NBA Summer League First team earlier in the day, led the Trail Blazers with 25 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Jake Layman added 21 points, going 5-of-8 from the three-point line for Portland.

The Lakers entered Monday night’s game without Summer League MVP Lonzo Ball, who suffered a mild calf strain on Sunday night’s semifinal game against the Dallas Mavericks. Los Angeles was also without Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart, who were shut down due to injuries.

Zach Collins, the tenth overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, also sat out of Monday’s contest with a right quad contusion.

The Trail Blazers jumped out to an early 30-27 lead after the first quarter and eventually stretched it to a 43-36 lead off of easy fast break opportunities. However, the Lakers quickly battled back as Ivica Zubac knocked down consecutive baskets and Kuzma nailed a three-point play to cut into Portland’s lead, 59-58 entering halftime.

Coming out of the half, both teams continued to play in a back-and-forth, physical battle, but Kuzma drilled a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Lakers a 84-79 after three.

Los Angeles began the fourth with an 11-0 run off a and-1 for Alex Caruso and a three-pointer by Matt Thomas. Swanigan knocked down a three-pointer to cut the Lakers lead to single digits, 99-90, but the Lakers were able to hold the lead for the remainder of the match.

The victory in Monday’s championship game marked a run of six straight wins for the Lakers, who began the Summer League 0-2.

Matt Thomas scored 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting, including 5-5 from three and Vander Blue – who celebrated his 25th birthday with the victory – added 20 points, six assists and five rebounds on 7-of-12 shooting for Los Angeles.

Jarnell Stokes chipped in 16 points and three steals for Portland.