NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at Portland
(Friday, January 8th)
Final Score: Portland 107, LA Lakers 98
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Brandon Roy made 9-of-11 shots from the field on his way to 32 points while dishing out six assists, as the Portland Trail Blazers continued their home dominance over the Lakers with a 107-98 victory at the Rose Garden.
Roy also went 13-of-14 from the foul line for the Trail Blazers, who have beat the Lakers nine straight times in Portland. The streak is Los Angeles' longest active losing streak on the road against a single opponent.
Jerryd Bayless chipped in 21 points for Portland, which snapped a brief two- game skid. Andre Miller ended with 17 points and seven assists while Martell Webster had 14 points and eight rebounds as the Trail Blazers shot 50.7 percent from the field.
"I thought it was a great win for us in the sense that we played great basketball tonight. To beat the Lakers, we needed this type of effort from start to finish from both groups. Defensively, we played the way we've talked about. We need to play that way and be consistent with that - being physical, making them work. Offensively, we got the movement tonight. We attacked; I thought we pushed the ball. Both units played well," Portland head coach Nate McMillan said.
Kobe Bryant finished with 32 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists for the Lakers, who have lost two straight following a four-game winning streak. Lamar Odom donated 15 points, 13 boards, and five assists. Derek Fisher added 15 points for Los Angeles, which shot 43.2 percent from the floor.
The Trail Blazers set the tone from the start, opening the contest on a 14-6 run. Portland held a 30-24 margin after 12 minutes of play.
A Ron Artest trey deadlocked the tilt at 31 early in the second. With the score tied at 34 moments later, Portland opened things up with a 19-7 run. Roy tallied eight points during the stretch, which Miller capped with a layup for a 53-41 lead with 1 1/2 minutes remaining. The score was 55-43 at the half.
Los Angeles got as close as three multiple times in the third, but Portland bridged the third and fourth quarters on a 11-0 burst. Miller's pair of foul shots had the Trail Blazers ahead 85-71 with 11:19 to play.
The Lakers never got closer than seven the rest of the way.
"I think we were inordinately aggressive in the second and fourth quarter. They got on top very early and you can't have a discrepancy like we had tonight in the foul shots...I think there are some calls that were bad. You're always going to have calls that are bad but we just didn't understand the relevance of what it is to the game. We had some bench players that aren't used to playing in that situation at times and they don't understand the gravity of it," Lakers head coach Phil Jackson said.
The Lakers haven't won in Portland since February 23, 2005...Los Angeles was without center Pau Gasol for a third straight outing due to a hamstring injury...The Trail Blazers went 32-of-39 from the foul line, while the Lakers made just 5-of-10 free throws.
01/09 02:02:07 ET