Lakers Gameday

25 - 49
Portland Trailblazers

49 - 27

Tip-Off: 7:30PM PST

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

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Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 TOT
POR 29 34 22 33 124
LAL 27 34 22 29 112
Portland Trailblazers

49 - 27

Lillard leads Blazers to 124-112 win over Lakers

By Joe Resnick on April 01, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) Damian Lillard scored 34 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 points and 15 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 124-112 Tuesday night.

The Blazers' fourth straight victory, coupled with Houston's loss at Brooklyn, moved Portland within 1 1/2 games of the Rockets for fourth place in the Western Conference and home-court advantage in the opening round of the playoffs. The Rockets have three games in hand.

Nick Young, the fifth and last player off the Los Angeles bench, made his first eight shots and finished 15 for 26 with a season-high 40 points. But it wasn't enough to prevent the Lakers' 10th defeat in 14 games. They slipped to 25-49 - the most losses by the club since finishing 33-49 in 1993-94. The franchise hasn't lost 50 games in a season since 1974-75 (30-52).

Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni used his 33rd different starting lineup, using Pau Gasol at power forward alongside Chris Kaman. Gasol returned to the lineup after missing four games because of vertigo.

Gasol, whose 22 points at Portland on March 3 helped the Lakers end Portland's five-game winning streak, played 28 minutes in the rematch and had nine points and seven rebounds. Kaman finished with 12 points and six boards.

The Lakers were bolstered by the return Xavier Henry and two-time MVP Steve Nash, who played in only his 13th game of the season and came off the bench for just the third time in his 18-year career.

Nash, who turned 40 on Feb. 7, had 10 points and 10 assists in 22 minutes. The eight-time All-Star has been plagued most of the season by nerve root irritation following his comeback from a broken left leg, which led to issues with his back, hip and hamstrings.

Henry was sidelined for three of the previous five games because of a sore right knee and a torn ligament in his left wrist.

The Lakers, who beat Phoenix on Sunday by limiting the Suns to 8-for-36 shooting from behind the arc, faced another team that depends on its long-range shooting. The Blazers were 13 for 29 from behind the arc.

Aldridge, playing his fourth game after missing the previous seven because of a bruised lower back, hit a 13-footer to cap an 18-9 run that extended Portland's two-point halftime margin to 81-70 at the midway mark of the third quarter.

Young kept the Lakers within striking distance with his 3-point shooting, draining one with 10:47 left in the game to pull them within 93-86. But Lillard responded with a pair of 3-pointers 28 seconds apart to extend Portland's margin to 13 points, and Los Angeles got no closer than nine the rest of the way.

NOTES: Lillard became the first player in Trail Blazers history to make 200 3-pointers in a season when he connected with 8:07 left in the first quarter. Wesley Matthews is close behind him with 186. ... The Lakers played before their eighth non-sellout crowd. Before this season, they had sold out every home game since Dec. 6, 2006. ... Portland C Meyers Leonard was ejected after his flagrant 2 foul on Kendall Marshall with 39.9 seconds to play. ... The highest-scoring game by a Laker this season was 42, by Jodie Meeks in a 114-110 home win against Oklahoma City on March 9. ... Portland C Robin Lopez had 10 points and 10 rebounds on his 26th birthday.

Game Notes

2013-14 Series Notes: Los Angeles and Portland are tied at one win apiece with each team
taking a game on the road.

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 209th meeting between the
Trail Blazers and Lakers with Los Angeles leading the all-time series 118-90 ... The Lakers are 6-
4 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 6-18 in their last 24
regular season games in Rip City including a 4-6 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  
Nick Young
pts Damian Lillard
Ryan Kelly
reb LaMarcus Aldridge
Steve Nash
ast Damian Lillard


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Game Starters

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

Injury Report - LAKERS

  • Kobe Bryant:
    (fractured left knee) is out
  • Steve Nash:
    (nerve root irritation) is questionable
  • Jordan Farmar:
    (groin) is out
  • Pau Gasol:
    (vertigo) is probable
  • Xavier Henry:
    (knee) is probable

Injury Report - TRAILBLAZERS

  • Joel Freeland:
    (knee) is out