NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at Portland
(Saturday, February 6th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 99, Portland 82
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Ron Artest poured in 21 points and Lamar Odom contributed 10 points and tied a career-best with 22 rebounds, as the Los Angeles Lakers overcame the absence of Kobe Bryant to win in Portland for the first time in nearly five years with a 99-82 triumph over the short-handed Trail Blazers.
The Lakers came into the game having lost nine in a row at the Rose Garden, but used a 47-30 rebounding advantage to end that skid. It was their first win in Portland since Feb. 23, 2005.
Bryant sat due to a sprained left ankle. Bryant, who is averaging 28 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists this season, had played in 235 straight games.
"Kobe followed me in the coaches room and said 'I'm thinking about not playing' and I said 'it's OK if you don't.' I went back in and saw him 10 minutes later because it was almost six o'clock and time to put in the roster, and he said 'yeah I think I should take it off' and so we did and went from there," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "I would say it (Kobe's injury status) is day-to-day, we have an opportunity here with two games before the All-Star break and there is some time there if he does need to take a longer time, we're trying to give him the liberty to do that."
Shannon Brown tallied 19 points and Derek Fisher scored 14 for LA, which also received 13 points and eight boards from Pau Gasol. The Lakers won for the sixth time in eight games and did it after losing center Andrew Bynum due to a hip injury. He didn't play in the second half.
"It was a great effort, great teamwork and great outcome," Gasol said. "Obviously we don't like to see Kobe sitting out and he's been banged up, and then Andrew going down, we'll see what happens with them, but we reacted well, we just played hard and played together and the result was good, we won in a place that we haven't been able to play at all, or be successful at all."
LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 points for Portland, which lost for the fifth time in eight contests. Andre Miller added 14 points and Jerryd Bayless 13 in defeat.
"They're a good defense. You've got length with Odom and Gasol and Artest," Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. "We couldn't get to the paint and our shots didn't fall. If your shots aren't falling and you're not getting anything easy, no second opportunities, it's going to be a tough night."
Before the game, the Blazers announced guard Brandon Roy will be sidelined through the All-Star break due to a strained right hamstring. Roy saw limited action in a January 20 game at Philadelphia, but hasn't played since. He'll also miss contests against the Thunder and Suns.
Aldridge had 12 points in the first quarter, when the Blazers shot a blistering 12-of-19, but the host team only led 29-26 after 12 minutes.
The Lakers turned the tide in the second, using a 21-7 spurt to go in front. Artest hit back-to-back three-pointers for a 51-46 lead and he ended the half by making another long-distance shot for a 54-48 cushion.
Los Angeles pushed that lead to double-digits in the third, and a jam by Gasol at the conclusion of the period had the visitors up 73-64 moving to the fourth.
The Lakers quickly pulled away with Jordan Farmar drilling a three-ball for an 83-66 lead at the midway point of the last stanza.
The home team had won the previous 10 meetings...The Trail Blazers' official 40th anniversary date was Saturday, the day Harry Glickman was informed that Portland had been awarded an NBA franchise...Odom also had six assists and has 3,001 for his career. He became the eighth-fastest player in NBA history to reach 6,000 rebounds (now 6,372) and 3,000 assists in 717 career games...The Trail Blazers brought down a franchise-low two offensive rebounds...Los Angeles held a 15-0 advantage in second-chance scoring.
02/07 02:32:20 ET