NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at Portland
(Tuesday, April 8th)
Final Score: Portland 112, LA Lakers 103
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Brandon Roy scored 23 points and matched a career high with 12 assists as the Portland Trail Blazers held on for a 112-103 victory over the Lakers, costing Los Angeles a chance to gain ground on New Orleans for the top seed in the Western Conference.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Channing Frye were dominant in the paint for Portland, scoring 22 points apiece and grabbing 16 and 11 rebounds, respectively. James Jones added 14 for the Blazers, who snapped a five-game losing streak and put all five starters in double figures for the first time this season.
Portland has defeated the Lakers six straight times at the Rose Garden.
"The reason we play so well against the Lakers here is hard to explain," Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. "What I think though is that everybody -- the players, the coaching staff and the fans -- get fired up when we play LA. But tonight it wasn't just that. It was that we just played good basketball."
Kobe Bryant scored 34 to lead the Lakers, who remained 1 1/2 games behind the Hornets in the Western Conference despite New Orleans' loss to Utah earlier Tuesday night. Pau Gasol had 21 points and 13 boards for LA, which now sits just a game ahead of Phoenix for first place in the Pacific Division after having its three-game win streak halted.
"They looked like they were the team that was preparing for the race in the west," the Lakers' Lamar Odom said. "We looked like the team that was preparing for the long vacation."
Down 13 with just over four minutes to go in the fourth, LA rallied to within six, at 102-96, on a three from Vladimir Radmanovic and free throws from Sasha Vujacic and Gasol. Then, with the Lakers applying some full-court pressure, Portland attacked and got the ball to Travis Outlaw, who restored an eight- point cushion by hitting a finger roll with just under two minutes left.
Radmanovic answered with another three-ball to make it 104-99, and after Outlaw missed a contested jumper with the shot clock winding down, Bryant went end-to-end for a bucket that suddenly trimmed the margin to three with less than a minute showing.
LA again pressed after the made basket, but Roy single-handedly provided the two Portland sorely needed. With a hesitation move and a subtle shift in gears, the second-year guard wove his way past Gasol to the hoop, where he finished with his right hand and drew a foul.
Roy completed the three-point play, giving the Blazers a 107-101 lead with 44.8 ticks left, and although Gasol hit a pair of free throws to bring LA back within four, Portland held on with a couple of key stops and solid foul shooting in the final 30 seconds.
Jarrett Jack finished with 15 points for Portland, while Steve Blake scored 13 to go with his six assists.
Radmanovic totaled 17 and six boards for the Lakers, who also got 11 from Odom and 10 from Vujacic.
Portland led 28-24 after one quarter, but LA began the second on a 10-4 spurt to tie the game. Aldridge's jumper at the 2:23 mark capped an 8-0 Blazers run, and Portland took a 58-47 lead into the break.
In a back-and-forth third quarter, the Lakers trimmed the lead to 63-57 on Odom's bucket with 8:37 to go, only to watch Portland respond with a 14-4 run to push the lead back to 16.
Bryant then brought LA back within six with a personal 10-0 run before the Blazers answered again, closing the period with a 12-2 burst that was capped by Aldridge's jump hook and marred by a flagrant foul called on Odom for sending Roy hard to the floor. A mini scrap ensued, resulting in technicals called on Odom and Outlaw, before Roy and Jack drained free throws to bolster the run.
Portland's lead was 89-73 at the start of the fourth, but the Lakers were back within 10, 93-83, after Bryant's three-point play with 7:52 to go. Frye found Blake for a left-corner three to push the Portland advantage back to 100-87 inside the six-minute mark, and Roy answered a Gasol hoop with a long two to make it 102-89 with just over four to play.
Frye's 22 points were a season high, as were Aldridge's 16 rebounds...Portland was without swingman Martell Webster (irregular heartbeat), as well as center Joel Przybilla, who underwent season-ending surgery on his left hand this week...Both teams shot well from three-point range; Portland made 10-of-22 (45.5 percent), while the Lakers hit 10-of-27 (37 percent); Radmanovic was 5- for-9 from beyond the arc.
04/09 02:20:46 ET