Gameday: Lakers 96, Blazers 107

GAMEDAY LINKS: Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Box Score Portland Trail Blazers 27 25 32 23 107
Play by Play Los Angeles Lakers 31 25 18 22 96

Wallace scores 31 as Blazers beat Lakers 107-96


Posted Jan 05 2012 10:38PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Gerald Wallace had 31 points and sparked a key third-quarter run to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a fast-paced 107-96 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.

LaMarcus Aldridge added 28 points and 10 rebounds for Portland, which led by as many as 14 points. The Blazers had just four turnovers despite pushing the tempo for the entire game.

The Blazers sit atop the Western Conference at 5-1 - their lone loss coming on New Year's Day at the Clippers.

Kobe Bryant scored 30 points despite a torn ligament in his right wrist, and Andrew Bynum had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers, who have had trouble at the Rose Garden with losses in 11 of their last 13 game in Portland.

Los Angeles went 0 for 11 from 3-point range.

The Lakers, who fell to 4-4, were coming off a 108-99 home victory over Houston on Tuesday. Bynum, who was suspended for the first four games of the season, had 21 points and 22 rebounds against the Rockets - the first 20-20 game of his career.

The Blazers were coming off a 103-93 win at Oklahoma City.

The Lakers were without Josh McRoberts, who sat out a second straight game with a strained big toe on his left foot.

Blazers coach Nate McMillan promised that Portland would run against the Lakers, and the result was a frenetic pace from the start. Paul Gasol's tip-in gave Los Angeles their biggest lead of the first half at 28-21.

The Blazers closed the gap and Jamal Crawford's jumper and free throw put them up 36-35 with just over 8 minutes to go in the half. The lead was short-lived but Portland stayed close.

Los Angeles shot 61 percent from the field, but led just 56-52 at the half. Portland shot 43 percent. Both teams were even at 46 percent in the end.

The Blazers trailed 60-59 early in the third quarter, but Wallace made a layup and a free throw early to spark a 17-6 run capped by Wesley Matthews' 3-pointer that made it 76-66.

Crawford made a 27-foot 3-pointer as time ran out in the third to put Portland up 84-74.

Wallace appeared to seal it with a fast-break layup past falling Lakers guard Steve Blake that made it 96-83 with 6:39 left.

Notes: The Lakers have won seven of the last eight meetings with the Blazers at Staples Center. ... Blazers G Wesley Matthews' dad Wes played for the Lakers from 1986-88 during his nine-year NBA career. ... Oregon Ducks running back Kenjon Barner had a courtside seat. ... A fan in the crowd had a sign reading "Tonight I'm against World Peace" - a jab at the former Ron Artest.

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Points Bryant 30, 13-24 FG
Rebounds Bynum 12, 1 OFF 11 DEF
Assists Fisher 6
Steals Fisher 2
Blocks Bynum 3


Mike Brown:

On the outcome of the game:

“Give Portland credit… they played a heck of a game. Defensively, the two things that I was looking for that we didn’t do this game was to play with a sense of urgency for as close to 48 minutes as possible, and I don’t think we did that as a team. Then, to try to be physical without fouling, and we didn’t do that, either. At times it looked like we were moving in mud. Our weak side wasn’t as active. We gave up a ton of straight line drives, but the reality of it is Portland came out in the second half and they just pushed the pace, and we kind of came apart. We gave up a few second shots early in the third quarter, we gave up a few layups in transition, and we never recovered from it. Give Portland credit for playing the way they did, especially in that third quarter.”

On not hitting any three pointers:

“I’m not concerned with that yet, and maybe because this is the first or second time this year that I’m a little worried about our defense and our rebounding. To me, our defense and our inability to rebound – giving them second and third shots – was something that I’m more concerned about right now than that. At the end of the day, I truly believe that we’re going to be able to shoot the ball. We scored 96 points on 47% shooting, and we didn’t shoot the ball well. We still had a chance to win the game.”

On if they lost the game because of their defense:

“We didn’t defend. We didn’t play with a sense of urgency. We didn’t box out. Their athletes went and got rebounds, and a few times we watched it happen. We, as a group, have to do a better job in those areas.”

On if he believes in a Portland jinx for the Lakers:

“Portland’s a good team. It’s one game. I don’t feel that…maybe’s that’s wrong of me, but you have to give Portland credit. They’re a good team. They had something to do with us losing, but I thought our guys didn’t play the way we’re capable of playing, also.”

On the team’s turnovers:

“That was part of the second half. We came out and made some silly mistakes, and it really got the crowd into it. Not only did we make mistakes offensively, but it converted into easy buckets the other direction. We somehow, some way have to get to be really solid. I didn’t think we were solid to start the third quarter at all. Playing against a team like this, you open up the flood gates at any time and you can be in trouble.”

Nate McMillan:

On the start to the season:

“We’ve done some good things. I though the last three games . . we looked at these teams and these are some of the top teams, supposedly in the conference. So it was a challenge for us to start with the Clippers then have to go to Oklahoma City and come back home and face the Lakers. We come out of that 2-1 --- not bad. We did what we had to do tonight. We need to go on the road tomorrow and try and get Phoenix.”

Jamal Crawford:

On withstanding the early push from the Lakers:

Its good to show that you can handle adversity even though its early in the season. A team like that, they have so much championship pedigree that when they give you their best shot, sometimes it knocks people out. We withstood their run and were able to put something together.”

On the production of Aldridge and Wallace:

“Those two, they’re doing everything right now --- both of those guys. Scoring, rebounding doing all the hustle plays. And not just those two --- Craig, Kurt, all of our forwards are really playing well. Nic, all of those guys.”

Gerald Wallace:

On taking the ball to the basket:

“I did attack. My main goal was to attack their bigs. Their bigs are long, but they’re slower getting down the court. Our main thing was to attack the rim and keep attacking the rim and put the pressure on them.”

On defending Kobe:

“The main thing is just to make him work. I think we did a great job. He made some tough shots but for the most part of the game, we did a great job on him.”

Lakers at Blazers Preview


Even without one of the NBA’s best players, the Portland Trail Blazers are off to a strong start.

After a rough first two games, the Los Angeles Lakers also appear ready to again challenge for the top spot in the Western Conference.

Looking to build on a victory over one of the West’s other favorites, the Trail Blazers host the surging Lakers on Thursday night.

Despite losing All-Star Brandon Roy to an injury-induced early retirement, Portland (4-1) won its first three games then rebounded from a five-point road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers by winning 103-93 at Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 30 points while Gerald Wallace added 13 with 10 rebounds for the West-leading Trail Blazers, who held the Thunder to 40 points on 34.0 percent shooting in the second half.

“We’ve got a lot of players that can do a lot of different things,” said guard Wesley Matthews, who had 16 points, six rebounds and four steals.

“You can’t replace Brandon Roy, with all of the things that he did for this organization and the community itself. But we’ve got a lot of guys that are willing to.”

Oklahoma City was just 5 of 20 from 3-point range, and opponents are shooting 26.3 percent from beyond the arc while averaging 94.0 points against the Trail Blazers.

“That’s the way we’re capable of playing,” said guard Raymond Felton, who added 12 points and seven assists. “I feel like if we play like that, or at least try to, we’ll have a good season.”

Aldridge, averaging 22.2 points, totaled 53 on 22-of-37 shooting and pulled down 25 boards as Portland split a pair of home games with the Lakers last season.

Los Angeles won the first three meetings before losing 93-86 at Portland on April 8. The Trail Blazers have won their first three games at the Rose Garden this season and 13 of 14 there dating to 2010-11.

The Lakers have won two of three at Portland following a nine-game road skid in the series.

After dropping its first two contests, Los Angeles won for the fourth time in five games Tuesday, 108-99 over Houston.

Kobe Bryant scored 37 points and the Lakers (4-3) continued to benefit from the return of center Andrew Bynum from a season-opening four-game suspension stemming from a hard hit on former Dallas guard J.J. Barea during the 2011 playoffs.

Bynum, who finished with 21 points and 22 rebounds Tuesday, has averaged 22.7 and 17.0, respectively, in three games. Finally healthy, the 7-footer might be able to provide the consistent production the Lakers hoped for when they selected him with the 10th overall pick in 2005.

“We all know the amount of talent he has, and he’s really worked on it,” Bryant said. “The thing that I like about him is that he has an engine inside of him, and he wants to dominate. He has ambition to be great.”

Bynum has averaged just 6.2 points and 5.5 boards in 11 games versus Portland.

Bryant, who broke out Tuesday after totaling 33 points on 12-of-46 shooting in the previous two contests, has averaged 33.5 points in his last 15 games at the Rose Garden.

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Probable Starters
  #9 Barnes SF #3 Wallace  
  #16 Gasol PF #12 Aldridge  
  #17 Bynum C #23 Camby  
  #24 Bryant SG #2 Matthews  
  #2 Fisher PG #5 Felton  

Lakers Kobe Bryant
(torn lunotriquetral ligament, right wrist) is probable.
Matt Barnes
(bursitis, left hip) is probable.
Derrick Caracter
(torn lateral meniscus, left knee) is out.
Pau Gasol
(sprained right shoulder) is probable.
Josh McRoberts
(sprained left big toe and left thumb) is doubtful.

Greg Oden(left knee) will not play.

Game 1: 01/05 - LAL @ POR
Game 2: 02/20 - POR @ LAL
Game 3: 03/23 - POR @ LAL


The Lakers took last season’s series with Portland 3-1, marking their first season series victory against the Trail Blazers since 2004-05 and overall, just the third since 1989 (2004-05: 2-1 and 1992-93: 3-2). This will be the 200th meeting between the Trail Blazers and Lakers with Los Angeles leading the all-time series 112-87. The Lakers are 5-5 against the Trail Blazers in their last 10 overall games. At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 17-5 against the Trail Blazers all-time and have won 7-of-their- last-8 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 4-16 in their last 20 regular season games in Rip City including a 2-8 mark in their last 10. In recent series history, the Lakers held the Blazers to their lowest scoring total in series history with a 96-76 opening night victory in 2008 (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 52 career games against Portland including 46 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 27.3 points against the Blazers. In his last 21 regular season games against the Blazers, however, Bryant has upped his average against Portland to 31.6 points per game (663).

On January 3rd, Andrew Bynum totaled 21 points (8-15 FG) and 22 rebounds as the Lakers defeated the Houston Rockets 108-99 at STAPLES Center. Despite falling one rebound shy of equaling his career-high (23, 4/5/11 vs. Utah), Bynum recorded his first career 20-point, 20-rebound game (2nd career 20+ rebound game), becoming the youngest Laker to do so (24 years, 68 days) since Rudy LaRuso tallied 30 points and 21 rebounds on February 26, 1961 at the age of 23 years, 107 days old. The last Laker to record a 20-20 game prior to Bynum was Pau Gasol, who posted 30 points and 20 rebounds on February 16, 2011 at Cleveland.

With a free throw at the 10:43 mark of the third quarter January 1st at Denver, Kobe Bryant reached 28,000 points for his career. In doing so, Bryant became the youngest to 28,000 points in NBA history (33 years, 131 days), surpassing Wilt Chamberlain (34 year, 109 days) who reached the milestone back on December 8, 1970. Michael Jordan (34 years, 333 days), the only other guard in NBA history to score 28,000 points, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (34 years, 363 days), Karl Malone (35 years, 212 days), and Shaquille O’Neal (37 years, 319 days) round out the top six. Additionally, in reaching 28,000 points in 1,109 games, Bryant became just the 6th player in NBA history to do so and the 5th fastest in terms of games. Chamberlain was the fastest to reach 28,000, doing so in 825 games, followed by Jordan (886), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,008), Karl Malone (1,070) and Shaquille O’Neal (1,154).

Last season, Bryant reached the 27,000 point milestone with his 28th point January 30 vs. Boston. In doing so, Bryant became the youngest to 27,000 points in NBA history (32 years, 160 days), surpassing Wilt Chamberlain (32 years, 202 days) who reached the milestone back on March 11, 1969. Additionally, Bryant became the 8th player in NBA history to score 27,000 points and the 5th fastest to do so (1,069) in terms of games. Chamberlain was the fastest to reach 27,000, doing so in 780 games, followed by Jordan (852), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (965) and Karl Malone (1,035). The youngest player in league history to accumulate 18,000 – 20,000 and 23,000 – 28,000 points, Bryant was the 16th fastest to 18,000, 15th fastest to 19,000, 15th fastest to 20,000, 12th fastest to 21,000, 12th fastest to 22,000, 11th fastest to 23,000, 9th fastest to 24,000, 9th fastest to 25,000, 8th fastest to 26,000 points and 5th fastest to 27,000 points in terms of games.

BRYANT NOW 3RD ON NBA FRANCHISE CAREER POINTS LIST During the 2009-10 season, with his 29th point on February 1, 2010 at Memphis, Kobe Bryant surpassed Jerry West as the Lakers all-time leading scorer. In the history of the NBA, only two players have scored more points with a single franchise than Bryant (28,049): Karl Malone (1st/36,374) and Michael Jordan (2nd/29,277). Last season, Bryant moved past Hakeem Olajuwon (26,511) 12/19/10 at Toronto and John Havlicek (26,395) 12/10/10 at Chicago into third on this list.

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