Lakers Gameday

21 - 39
Portland Trailblazers

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Tip-Off: 7:00PM PST

Monday, March 3, 2014

Moda Center, Portland, OR

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Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 TOT
LAL 33 30 24 20 107
POR 20 36 28 22 106
Portland Trailblazers

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Lakers Hold Off Blazers, 107-106

By Anne M. Peterson on Monday, March 3, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Kent Bazemore threw an alley-oop to Wesley Johnson for the go-ahead dunk with 6.9 seconds left and the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 107-106 on Monday night.

Pau Gasol scored 22 points and the Lakers won their second straight, snapping the Blazers' five-game winning streak. Jodie Meeks added 21 points.

The Lakers, who led by as many as 15 points in the first quarter, pushed the lead to 97-86 in the fourth on MarShon Brooks' short jumper.

But Nicolas Batum's 3-pointer narrowed the gap to 103-101 for the Blazers with 3:37 left before Wesley Matthews' fadeaway jumper tied it at 105 with 1:10 left.

Damian Lillard hit one of two free throws to give Portland its first lead since the first quarter. But the officials reversed a possession call with 7.1 seconds left, giving the ball to the Lakers. Bazemore lobbed to Johnson for the dunk and Lillard missed a 3-pointer as time ran out.

Robin Lopez had 19 points and 16 rebounds, while Batum had 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Blazers.

Los Angeles was coming off a 126-122 victory at home Friday over Sacramento, which snapped a three-game losing streak. But the Lakers still sit at the bottom of the Western Conference with the Kings.

The Blazers won the first meeting against the Lakers, 114-108 on Dec. 1.

Xavier Henry, who had 27 points against the Blazers in December, returned to the Lakers' lineup Monday after missing 28 games with a right knee injury, but he was played only sparingly. Coach Mike D'Antoni said he'd limit Henry's minutes to start.

Steve Nash ran through drills on the court before the game but sat out of his eighth straight game after a brief return from a nerve root irritation, which causes him back pain.

Earlier in the day at shootaround, D'Antoni told reporters he was doubtful Nash would return this season, but said nothing was definite at this point.

"We've talked about it. He's not completely healthy. We have 23 games left. We're not going to make the playoffs. So what's his objective into taking minutes away from the young guys that we're trying to develop?" D'Antoni said. "That's kind of the theme that we're talking about."

Nash, who made the trip to Portland, was noncommittal: "We'll see how I feel next week and if I get a chance to practice."

Nash, 40, has played in 10 games for the Lakers this season, averaging 7.6 points and 4.7 assists.

Kobe Bryant was also in Portland, but he has not been medically cleared to play after breaking his left knee in December.

The Lakers jumped out to a 31-16 lead in the first quarter, capping a 14-2 run with Meeks' dunk. Portland struggled with seven turnovers, that led to 11 Los Angeles points.
Portland closed the gap in the second quarter, pulling to within 45-38 on Batum's dish to Lopez for the dunk and a free throw. But Bazemore's last-break dunk extended the Lakers' lead to 56-47 with 3:27 left in the half.

The Lakers led 63-56 at the half.

Los Angeles wouldn't let the Blazers get closer than four points and Gasol's dunk extended the lead to 82-73 with 2:36 left. Dorell Wright hit two consecutive 3-pointers for Portland to close within 82-79, but Bazemore answered with a 3 for the Lakers.

Notes: Robin Lopez had 13 points in the first half, a new career high. ... The Blazers announced a contest for fans to design a new floor for the Moda Center for the 2014-15 season. ... Portland was coming off a 102-96 victory at home over Denver on Saturday.

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Game Notes

2013-14 Series Notes: Los Angeles trails the season series 0-1 after a home loss in December.

All-Time Series Notes: The Lakers took the 2012-13 season series with Portland 3-1 … It was
their third consecutive year taking the series from the Trail Blazers 2-1 (2011-12) and 3-1 (2010-
11) … The 2010-11 series marked the Lakers first season series victory against the Trail Blazers
since 2004-05 … Since 1989, the Lakers have won just five season series with Portland (2012-
13; 2011-12; 2010-11; 2004-05: 2-1; 1992-93: 3-2) … This will be the 208th meeting between the
Trail Blazers and Lakers with Los Angeles leading the all-time series 117-90 ... The Lakers are 7-3
against the Trail Blazers in their last 10 overall games … At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 21-6
against the Trail Blazers all-time in the regular season and have won 11-of-their-last-13 in Los
Angeles ... Despite snapping a 9-game losing streak at the Rose Garden in February of 2010
(2/6/10 at Portland, first win there since 2/23/05), the Lakers are still just 5-18 in their last 23
regular season games in Rip City including a 3-7 mark in their last 10 … In recent series history,
during the 2011-12 season (2/20/12), the Lakers held the Trail Blazers to just seven first quarter
points, Portland’s lowest first quarter point total in their then 3,363-game history in the NBA ... The
total also matched the second lowest first quarter point total allowed by the Lakers since moving to
Los Angeles prior to the 1960-61 season ... In October of 2008, the Lakers held the Trail Blazers
to their lowest scoring total in series history with a 96-76 opening night victory (10/28/08) ... In
2006-07, Kobe Bryant scored 65 points March 16 at STAPLES Center, surpassing his own series
record of 50 points established at home back on April 14, 2006 (the same day Bryant surpassed
Elgin Baylor’s single-season franchise scoring record of 2,719 points)... In 58 career games
against Portland including 52 starts, Bryant is averaging 27.8 points against the Blazers, his third
highest career total against a single team behind Charlotte (28.7) and Toronto (28.3).

Connections: Lakers G Xavier Henry and Blazers F Thomas Robinson were teammates in college at the University of Kansas from 2009-10 ... Blazers G Allen Crabbe was
born in Los Angeles and attended Price High School … Lakers G Steve Nash and Blazers F Robin Lopez were teammates with the Phoenix Suns from 2008-12 … Lakers G
Jordan Farmar and Blazers G Earl Watson both played collegiate basketball at UCLA … Lakers assistant coach Johnny Davis was a member of the Blazers 1977 NBA
Championship team … Blazers C Robin Lopez was born in North Hollywood … Blazers G Mo Williams and Lakers F Nick Young were teammates on the LA Clippers in 2011-12
... Blazers G Wesley Matthews played against Lakers G Kobe Bryant, F Pau Gasol and Farmar in the 2010 NBA Playoffs.

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Game Leaders

  LAL   POR  
Pau Gasol
pts LaMarcus Aldridge
Pau Gasol
reb Robin Lopez
Jordan Farmar
ast Nicolas Batum

Game Starters

  LAL   POR  
Kendall Marshall g Damian Lillard
Jodie Meeks g Wesley Matthews
Pau Gasol c Robin Lopez
Wesley Johnsone f LaMarcus Aldridge
Kent Bazemore f Nicolas Batum



    Injury Report - LAKERS

    • Kobe Bryant:
      (fractured left knee) is out
    • Xavier Henry:
      (right knee bone bruise) is out
    • Steve Nash:
      (nerve root irritation) is out
    • Nick Young:
      (sore knee) is out
    • Chris Kaman:
      (sore back) is questionable

    Injury Report - TRAILBLAZERS

    • Thomas Robinson:
      (knee) is questionable
    • Joel Freeland:
      (knee) is out

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