Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Kobe Bryant's tough shot with 32 seconds left in the game:
"That's a difficult shot…We've seen [Brandon] Roy make shots like that. Players that are the difference makers in this game are the kind of guys that make those kind of shots, and to have the ability to continue elevating or continue hanging and get the shot off against a good defense."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on what changed about his team's defense in the fourth quarter:
"I think we had better awareness. I think guys got alert. We talked about bringing more energy to it, [and] turnovers. Creating some turnovers are such a big difference in the ball game when you can do that."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on if he is surprised Derek Fisher can still impact games like he did tonight in the fourth quarter:
"No, I'm not surprised at it. I think he just gets better as the game wears on. Those big plays are part of his character that he comes through with. He brings the Lakers back time and time again in situations like that."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on tonight's win:
"Well, I think Matt Barnes started off something good after three quarters of frustration –actually not a bad first quarter but the middle quarters were difficult for us. In the fourth quarter we got some defense working and we survived that game. That's about all I can say."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on how important his team's defense was in igniting a fourth quarter run to pull away:
"[It was important] especially on home court, having that advantage is sometimes an extra special thing. It was a back-to-back for Portland. I told the team that we probably saved a game in this situation that we could have easily lost. It was just the hard work…"
Lakers' Derek Fisher on his performance tonight:
"I'm just always in the mindset of trying to help us win and that involves, even if things aren't going well for me early or if I'm on the bench, I'm still trying to pay attention to the game and trying to pay attention to match-ups and guys that I'm going to guard and situations I'm going to be in. When it comes down the stretch I'm comfortable just making the play. It's not always going to be to make a shot, but even defensively, just being in the right spot at the right time you get a steal, which then allows you to go down and make a shot."
Lakers' Derek Fisher on the teams' defense tonight without Andrew Bynum:
"I think we started to scrap in the fourth quarter a lot more. In the first three quarters they were beating us to the loose balls, they were going to the offensive glass and tipping it back out and getting multiple shot opportunities. Those things are going to happen when you miss your big guy in the middle. We talked about it at the end of the third quarter, as a group, that regardless of whether we win or lose the game, we have to send a message that people aren't going to come into our building and push us around, and elbow us in the face and elbow us in the mouth. I think in the fourth quarter we stood it up and played the type of defense we needed to play."
Lakers' Lamar Odom on the referees calls tonight:
"Sometimes the games like that. The game had a flow to it, and it let us play through some things. At the end of the day it was fun, it was competitive, and that team made us work for a victory."
Lakers' Lamar Odom on the Trail Blazers out re-bounding the Lakers:
"…they gave up way too many offensive rebounds, especially in the first half. Those guys did a great job at crashing the boards, they kept at it, and they made us work. Sometimes it's just about finding a way to win the game and tonight we were able to do that."
Lakers' Pau Gasol on winning the Pacific Division title:
"It was just out will; our will to make plays and battle. We're playing great. It wasn't very fluid out there but we just got the job done and that's the most important thing."
Lakers' Pau Gasol on Derek Fisher's 4th quarter:
"He makes plays for us. He hustles, he plays hard and he comes up with big steals and makes big shots. That's what he does for us."
Lakers' Kobe Bryant on Derek Fisher being a clutch performer:
"He makes big shots all the time. Tonight he didn't have a good game [statistically] because he was in foul trouble. His stroke was there and he's shooting the ball well. He makes big plays all the time."
Lakers' Kobe Bryant on the intensity of tonight's game:
"It was similar [to a playoff game] because this could be a potential opponent. I think we both know that so I think it's a little elevated because of that."
Blazers coach Nate McMillan on tonight's loss:
"I think it was mostly us. Once again, we have control of this game and we don't execute down the stretch and they tighten up their defense. We have a few turnovers, we miss some shots and they're able to execute down the stretch. But I thought it was us again."
Blazers coach Nate McMillan on Nicolas Batum and the Blazers offense tonight:
"I thought he did a nice job of knocking down some shots early. We tried to run Artest and Kobe off some screens and just move their defense. Their defense is pretty good when you allow them to zone up. We had pretty good movement early but late, we didn't move. Their defense tightened up and forced some turnovers."
Blazers coach Nate McMillan on taking advantage of the Lakers down low without Andrew Bynum:
"That's what we tried to do. We turned the ball over and we missed some shots. So we had an opportunity here."
Blazers coach Nate McMillan on the last three minutes of tonight's game:
"We didn't make shots and we turned the ball over. This is when you have to tighten up and execute. The things that we've been doing well, we didn't do tonight. The defense is going to get more aggressive with a team like the Lakers…but you got to play through that."
Blazers coach Nate McMillan on how costly losses are at this point in the season:
"We haven't clinched…so you have to win games. Certainly, when you have an opportunity to win a game, you need to take it and put that game away."
Blazers coach Nate McMillan on tonight's game down the stretch:
"We had this game. This game was very similar to the last game we played [the Lakers]. We're ahead…late in this ballgame, we have to make plays down the stretch late in the fourth quarter."
Trail Blazers Andre Miller on the last few minutes of tonight's game:
"The game got a little tougher, you know, like games are playing against a team like the [Lakers]. It got aggressive with the hands, the turnovers, shots…we can't complain, we had control of that game. We played decent defense. It's just that we didn't get it done at the end."
Trail Blazers Andre Miller on tonight's game:
"It was a good game by both teams. We played good defense, that's always good, we didn't let them get too many second baskets. I think, you know, the turnovers, my turnover, I think Rudy had a turnover, and those led to baskets."
Trail Blazers Andre Miller on how big a loss is right now with playoffs coming up:
"Every loss is big. You just move on to the next game. We played some decent basketball. It's a tough back to back game to come here and play against a team that was here waiting for us. So, we played good basketball, we just didn't finish off the last three or four minutes."
Trail Blazers Brandon Roy on the last few minutes of tonight's game:
"We turned the ball, we didn't have a good pace going down the stretch. And offensively it seemed like we were out of sync. Our biggest thing was we were just out of sync, it wasn't just one guy, none of us could really make plays down the stretch."
Trail Blazers Brandon Roy on what went wrong in the fourth quarter:
"I don't know, I don't know. We'll watch some film, see what we did. Again, we had lots of turnovers, a lot of missed shots. We got to go back and watch the film and see exactly what we did, but something kind of changed in the fourth quarter. The defense got a little better, got a little more physical. So, we'll watch the film and see what went wrong."
Trail Blazers Brandon Roy on tonight's loss:
"Yeah, we felt like we gave ourselves a good chance to put ourselves in the position at the end. You know, you can't never say you had a game against the Lakers, you know, you got to try to win 'em. We didn't win it, we've got them one more time, so hopefully we can get them in our building."