HEAD COACH PHIL JACKSON
On what he told his team at halftime:
"I told them that they were getting taken out of their offense at halftime, and they needed to be more solid in how they delivered the basketball up the court. And not to get stretched out, and get comfortable out there playing the game."
On when he felt that Lakers could come back and win:
"When we made three threes in a row in the third quarter. We kind of changed the momentum of the game, and then it became a game in which we were back in it."
On Ron Artest's performance:
"That's one of the better games he's played. He's shooting the ball better. The reality is, he made some good shots, some good things happened for him out there, and he got confident and comfortable."
On defending LaMarcus Aldridge:
"We got into a double team that cost us a couple threes. We tried to get the ball out of his hands, come back and double-team him and get him off the ball."
On coming back to win the game:
"There was a point where I said now we have to change everything. I think we were down eight with four minutes to go. Ron had the ball, it looked like he might have dribbled it or someone got ahold of it and knocked it out of bounds. We said 'Stop making mistakes, be precise with the ball, have a purpose when we come down, and defensively we can't give them fouls.'"
On how the team is playing compared to before the All-Star break:
"Our defense is better, there's no doubt about it. I was unhappy with our turnovers, and that we haven't been able to solve that problem right now. We're still turning the ball over too much. But I think we're more purposeful as we play. I think we have a better idea of what we want to get accomplished. Guys are not just shooting the ball, they're playing together."
On if he's felt more confident or comfortable since the All-Star break:
"I always feel comfortable. I always feel confident. I always feel good. Just because you play bad one game, you can't blame it on anything. You have to feel the same way. Eat the same breakfast every morning, you can't change that much."
On his offensive performance:
"There are games where I'm not going to have that many opportunities, but tonight the opportunities came. Some nights I don't have to do it, but tonight, the way the game was, they were just leaving me open, disrespecting me."
On winning in Portland
:"We don't really get too hyped over teams, but our record hasn't been good up here over the last couple of years, so it was fun to win."
On how they came back to win the game:
"It's experience. We just gave ourselves a chance to win by getting stops. We've been in games like this before."
HEAD COACH NATE McMILLAN
What happened down the stretch?
"Well, you've got to make plays. You've got to get stops defensively, offensively get to your spots and get the ball where it needs to go, then you've got to make shots. You shoot 64 percent from the free throw line. I think we're up seven, we have a couple open looks and you've got to knock down those shots when you get those opportunities."
"They made plays down the stretch. They got stops. They took away our main option at times. When they do that, you've got to counter and get to your second option. But when you get opportunities, you've got to knock down shots. I thought we had some opportunities tonight.
"Losing is hard. You have that opportunity to win. Four seconds on the clock, it's our ball, we get two shots at the basket. We miss a layup and a tip-in at that time. You get opportunities going down the stretch, certainly in the fourth quarter you've got to make plays on both ends of the floor."
On team's focus amid trade deadline rumors:
"We had an opportunity to win this game. I thought we were focused. We played well enough to win, we just didn't execute down the stretch."
On final play of regulation:
"We wanted to spread the floor. That last four seconds, we knew that they would probably get some switching. The play was for LaMarcus and Rudy to play a two-man game and try and see if we could get Rudy going to the basket. If they take that away, then LaMarcus goes to the basket hard which LaMarcus saw the lane and had the drive."
On Roy's return:
"He was just trying to get into a rhythm. We ran a few sets for him and he was able to do some things. But today was all about getting him out on the floor. We wanted to keep him at 15 minutes and I thought we did that and we'll slowly work him back."
"They made plays. We had opportunities to make big shots to close out the game and we missed ours and they made theirs. I think that's the case. We were up, went cold, then they made big shots like they do. That's why they're a championship team."
On LA's defense changing in fourth quarter and overtime:
"They were coming basically on catch. They never let me see the basket. They never even let me take a dribble. I think in the first half and third quarter, they were letting me take a dribble first so I could read it. But then in the fourth quarter, they were coming on catch so I couldn't get a rhythm."
On last play of regulation:
"It felt good. I thought there was a lot of contact on that drive, but it felt good. I just shorted it a little bit, but I wanted to go to the basket and try to make a layup. I didn't make the play tonight."
How tough is loss?
"It's tough, especially for me because I didn't make plays down the stretch. I had the ball in my hand a lot to close the game out, I missed the layup and then those two big free throws in the overtime. That was big for me. I can't do that no more."