The Los Angeles Lakers improved to 15-15 on the season with a 104-87 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.
Kobe Bryant led the way with 27 points, but failed to crack 30 points for the 11th consecutive game. Dwight Howard played perhaps his best game in purple and gold, pouring in 26 points and 14 rebounds in three quarters of work.
Steve Nash helped facilitate another win, dishing out 10 dimes in 26 minutes of action.
LaMarcus Aldridge was just about the only thing going for the Blazers on Friday night as he dropped a team-high 26 points on 12-of-17 shooting.
Damian Lillard was stifled all night by the Lakers' strong perimeter defense, totaling just 11 points on 4-of-17 shooting.
The Blazers fall to 14-14 on the season with the loss, and were outscored in the paint 58-38 by a superior Laker frontcourt.
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