Trail Blazers hand Lakers sixth-straight loss
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Jarrett Jack matched a career-high with 30
points and dished out seven assists as Portland downed Los Angeles, 112-108,
at the Staples Center.
Zach Randolph added 22 points and nine rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who
won their second straight game since the All-Star break. Rookie LaMarcus
Aldridge chipped in with 18 points off the bench, while fellow rookie Brandon
Roy finished with 16 points and seven helpers.
All-Star MVP Kobe Bryant had 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists but
shot just 8-of-22 from the floor for the reeling Lakers, who dropped their
sixth straight contest. Lakers coach Phil Jackson suffered six straight losses
for the first time in his 16 seasons as an NBA mentor.
Maurice Evans tallied 23 points, while Smush Parker had 18 points and eight
assists for Los Angeles.
The Lakers held a precarious two-point lead entering the final frame but
Portland took control of the contest with a 16-2 run midway through the frame.
Roy started things by draining a jumper and then finished the flurry with
another jumper from the left baseline to make it a 100-89 game with 4:41 left.
Lamar Odom finally stopped the bleeding with a bucket 18 seconds later. Bryant
then stuck a jumper and deposited a three-point play over the next 1 1/2
minutes to put the Lakers right back in it, 100-96.
But, the Blazers responded at the charity stripe. Jack and Randolph both hit a
pair of free throws to make it a 104-96 game with just 1:57 remaining.
Los Angeles never recovered from there.
The Lakers raced out to a 30-25 advantage after the opening 12 minutes and
continued to lead 54-52 at intermission.
The Game remained tight through the third quarter with Los Angeles holding an
The Blazers are 2-0 since the All-Star break. Last season the team was just
3-27 after the break…The Lakers are now 19-9 as the home team this season
and are scheduled to host Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics on Friday in the
finale of a four-game homestand…The Trail Blazers are 11-18 on the road this
season. They return home to host the Seattle SuperSonics on Monday at the Rose