LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Lakers attempted 34 free throws to the Portland Trail Blazers' 12. The Lakers committed 14 fouls to the Trail Blazers' 28.
Damian Lillard, who finished with 19 points and seven rebounds, got hit in the head by Kobe Bryant with three seconds remaining in the game which left him dizzy and lightheaded as he walked off the court to the locker room.
There was no call.
The Lakers won 111-107, handing the Trail Blazers (25-30) their seventh consecutive loss.
“I felt dizzy and had a hard time holding up at first,” Lillard said. “I'm good now though, but it was crazy at first.”
Lillard took a concussion test immediately after the game and thankfully he passed.
A hit that nearly gave a player a concussion didn't even warrant a foul call. The Trail Blazers just couldn't catch a break tonight.
“Maybe they were more aggressive than us,” Nicolas Batum said with a smirk knowing if he criticized the officials a hefty fine would come his way.
Technical fouls wasn't even distributed equally. The Lakers have two technical kings in Bryant and Howard but I guess they were on their best behavior for tonight's game.
Wesley Matthews, who made his return to the starting lineup after sitting out the last game with a sprained elbow and leg, received a technical along with LaMarcus Aldridge.
None for the Lakers.
Aldridge says tempers flared up because of the playoff implications that this game had and not due to anything the Lakers did.
“It was the game being important and we felt like we weren't getting calls,” Aldridge said. “We felt like calls could of went either way and we got the back end of some of them.”
Matthews basically played on one leg as he hobbled around chasing Bryant around the court. He still managed to add 15 points and eight rebounds.
“It was good to have him back on the court,” Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts said. “He makes a difference for us defensively and offensively. His three-point shooting, we missed that and we missed his toughness. So it was good to have him back.”
Coming into the game, the Trail Blazers were in the 10th spot and a half game behind the Lakers for ninth. The Lakers are leading this season series 2-1 with one more encounter awaiting.
Now the Trail Blazers have fallen to the 11th spot and are one and a half behind the Lakers and five games back of the Houston Rockets who are holding down the eighth and final playoff spot.
Bryant led all scores with 40 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists. Dwight Howard put in 19 points and gobbled up 16 boards.
JJ Hickson collected his 29th double-double of the season – 22 points, 11 rebounds. Batum chipped in 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Aldridge scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds.