Damian Lillard scored 34 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 and the Portland Trail Blazers pulled away late from the Los Angeles Lakers in a 124-112 victory at the Staples Center Tuesday night for their fourth win in a row.
Nick Young led the Lakers with 40 points and hit his first eight shots from the floor, but it wasn't nearly enough.
This game was close up until the latter stages of the third quarter when the Blazers went up by 14. Still, Los Angeles battled back, closing the period on a 6-0 run. Then, Portland exploded in the fourth. Lillard hit back-to-back threes to push what was a seven-point lead to 13, and he and Aldridge proceeded to take over the rest of the way.
The Blazers led by as much as 23 during the final quarter.
Lillard shot 10-of-22 from the floor, nailing five triples and making all nine of his free-throw attempts. HE also dished out eight assists.
Aldridge shot 12-of-20 from the floor and posted 15 rebounds and six dimes to go along with his point total.
Portland shot 46.5 percent overall as a team and made 13 of its 29 long-range tries.
Steve Nash played 22 minutes for the Lakers, registering 10 points and 10 assists. He turned his left ankle in the first half, but was able to come out and play after halftime.
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