LA Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
Kobe Bryant played all 48 minutes, and the L.A. Lakers certainly needed it to get out of Portland with a 113-106 win over the Trail Blazers.
Kobe set a new season high with a ridiculous 47 points, eight rebounds, five assists, four blocks and three steals, while shooting 14-of-27 from the field and 18-of-18 from the charity stripe.
Pau Gasol put on quite a performance as well, with point guard numbers consisting of 23 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and two blocks.
It wasn't really a team effort for the Lakers, with 90 of their 113 points coming from Kobe, Gasol and Dwight Howard, but late in the game Steve Blake stepped up and made his presence known.
With the game on the line, Blake grabbed two offensive boards in the paint against the Blazers' twin towers.
Damian Lillard set a new career high for himself with 38 points on 12-of-25 shooting, while dishing out nine assists and forcing three steels. He didn't miss a free-throw either—9-of-9 from the line.
The Blazers will be a good team down the road, they just couldn't hang with a veteran squad playing for a playoff appearance, for an entire 48 minutes.
While defense is obviously non-existent for the Lake Show, you've got to respect their heart and their ability to finish ugly games.
Next up n the Lakers' list of must-win games is a battle with a fellow playoff team, the Golden State Warriors.
L.A. Lakers 113, Portland Trail Blazers 106
Kobe Bryant—47 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks and 3 steals
Damian Lillard—38 points, 9 assists and 3 steals
Kobe played ALL 48 minutes, season-high 47 points.Not bad for a 34-year-old...— ESPN First Take (@ESPN_FirstTake) April 11, 2013
Kobe Bryant wills the Lakers to a 113-106 victory over a game Blazers team by scoring 47 points, a Rose Garden record for an opponent— Jason Quick (@jwquick) April 11, 2013
Damian Lillard with the bucket to give him 38 on the night, which is a career high for the 2013 Rookie of the Year—yet to be determined, but we all know it's coming.
Lakers 113, Blazers 106—15.5 remaining in the 4th quarter
Pau Gasol with a MAJOR lift for Lakers tonight -- 22 points (11-15 FG), 9 Ast, 6 Reb.Consecutive nights with 22 points for Pau.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 11, 2013
I'm sitting down press row from John Ireland. It was great to glance over and see his excitement when he made the call on Blake's rebound— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) April 11, 2013
What a play by Steve Blake yet again. His second-straight offensive board leads to another Dwight Howard slam.
Oh Portland, you have a lot of growing to do.
Lakers 110, Blazers 104—53.3 remaining in the 4th quarter
Steve Blake soaring like Dwight Howard for the offensive board—that gives him 6 boards on the night.
You know it's over when Blake is grabbing rebounds in clutch time.
Lakers 108, Blazers 100—1:27 remaining in the 4th quarter
Wow, Damian Lillard looked like a fish out of water in the post there—even against Steve Blake.
That's obviously an area he can improve on.
Lakers 108, Blazers 100—2:15 remaining in the 4th quarter
Kobe's season high 45 points is also a career-high in the Rose Garden and a record by an opponent. LeBron (44) held the mark— janis carr (@janiscarr) April 11, 2013
It's time for Eric Maynor to spend some time in the layup lines. He just clanked a layup, a completely uncontested layup.
Lakers 106, Blazers 100—3:23 remaining in the 4th quarter
Where's Lillard gone in the last few minutes?
There's no way he's not dropping a half century on the Blazers tonight. No way he doesn't get it.
Kobe wants that FIFTY. He's got a season-high 45.— ESPN First Take (@ESPN_FirstTake) April 11, 2013
Lakers 106, Blazers 100—3:55 remaining in the 4th quarter
Kobe capped an 8-0 LAL run with a pull-up J over a helpless Sasha Pavlovic. He has 45 points. LAL up 106-100, 4:09 left.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) April 11, 2013
That's a season high for Kobe, with 45 points on 14-of-25 shooting from the floor and 16-of-16 shooting from free-throw world.
Not too shabby for the Black Mamba.
Lakers 106, Blazers 100—4:09 remaining in the 4th quarter
Looks like it's time for Damian Lillard to start taking over for Rip City.
For all the great plays Lillard's had tonight, that clear path foul he just committed on Kobe Bryant could be a real difference maker here.
That's shots and the ball for the Lake Show.
Lakers 102, Blazers 100—4:30 remaining in the 4th quarter
Kobe Bryant, channeling his best Rajon Rondo, Steve Nash, John Stockton, (Insert famous PG reference here).
Lakers 102, Blazers 100—4:41 remaining in the 4th quarter
The Blazers win the race to 100, thanks to a mid-range jumper from Will Barton.
Lakers come in a close second.
Lakers 100, Blazers 100—5:5 remaining in the 4th quarter
On one side, Damian Lillard, with 36 points, is just one bucket away from setting a new career high,
On the other side, Kobe Bryant, with 41 points, is trying to will his team to play with the same level of intensity he's got. Pau Gasol is clearly on Kobe's side, with 20 points (10-of-14 shooting), 6 assists and 6 rebounds.
Lakers 98, Blazers 98—6:13 remaining in the 4th quarter
Talk about exhausting a shot-clock. Kobe to Pau with .4 remaining on the shot clock.
"Let's Go Lakers" chants ring through Portland's home floor.
Lakers 96, Blazers 96—6:59 remaining in the 4th quarter
Kobe Bryant: 8th game this season with 40+ points (tied with Carmelo Anthony for most in NBA)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 11, 2013
Blazers 96, Lakers 92—7:55 remaining in the 4th quarter
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