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NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at Portland

(Friday, April 10th)

Final Score: Portland 106, LA Lakers 98

Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Brandon Roy had 24 points and eight assists to help the Portland Trail Blazers to a 106-98 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Steve Blake had 16 points and six assists, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who have won three straight and seven of their last eight.

Kobe Bryant had 32 points and five rebounds while Lamar Odom added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who had a five-game winning streak stopped.

Portland currently sits tied with the Spurs for the fourth spot in the Western Conference while the Lakers have already clinched the first overall seed. Los Angeles, though, is 1 1/2 games behind Cleveland for first overall in the NBA.

"For me, it was a challenge," said Roy. "He's (Bryant) probably the greatest player in the game right now. I just wanted to be aggressive with him. I just able to make some shots. I had to keep being aggressive offensively. I said to myself, 'I've got nothing to lose,' and I did the best that I could."

Portland held the lead through the early parts of the fourth quarter and made it an 89-84 game on a jumper from Roy with 7:12 to play.

Trailing by four points, Los Angeles tied the game on a pair of buckets from Bryant, with the second one coming with 5:15 to play to make it a 91-91 game.

However, a pullup jumper from Blake followed by two free throws from Roy gave Portland a 95-91 lead with 4:24 remaining.

A Bryant three-point play a bit later made it a one-point game, but Roy countered with a jumper for a 99-96 lead with 3:18 left.

After Bryant hit two from the line, Blake drained a jumper with 1:57 to play for a 101-98 advantage.

Bryant then missed a shot and LA pulled down the offensive board, but Derek Fisher missed from long range. Travis Outlaw rimmed out a jumper, but Bryant again missed from behind the arc and Blake made one-of-two from the line for a 102-98 lead with 42 seconds left.

Aldridge then picked off a Bryant pass and with 26.9 to play Rudy Fernandez made one of his two free throws for a five-point advantage.

An Odom miss was followed with two free throws from Travis Outlaw with 18.1 to play to seal the win.

Lakers head coach Phil Jackson didn't travel with the team to the Pacific Northwest because of pain and swelling in his lower right leg, which is said to be caused by plantar fasciitis.

"We couldn't make shots," said Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis. "They were able to penetrate and get fouls and get to the free throw line. We made some decisions late in the ball game that ended up hurting us, fouling when we shouldn't have in the backcourt. Those type of bad decisions hurt us and we couldn't make shots."

The first quarter was a tightly run affair, but Fernandez drained a jumper late in the frame to help Portland take a 24-23 lead after 12 minutes of play.

Portland built its lead to seven points early in the second quarter, but the Lakers went on a 16-2 run to surge ahead and the team took a 53-49 lead into the break.

The Trail Blazers ripped off eight straight points capped on a pair of free throws from Aldridge with 6:39 left in the third for a 66-59 lead.

Los Angeles, though, responded with 10 straight points to surge back ahead, 71-68, on Bryant's jumper with 4:07 left.

However, Portland scored the final eight points of the third and took an 81-77 lead into the final stanza thanks to a three-ball from Outlaw with 21 ticks left on the clock.

Game Notes

The Lakers host Memphis on Sunday...Portland plays the Clippers in Los Angeles on Saturday...Portland has taken eight straight home games over the Lakers...LA shot 44.7 percent from the floor while Portland hit 42.7 percent of its shots.

04/11 02:44:28 ET

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