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.
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