With a starting lineup consisting of four rookies, the Portland Trail Blazers jumped out on the Los Angeles Lakers in the opening quarter by scoring a season-high 41 first quarter points.
The Trail Blazers then went into the half up 69-61.
But in the third, the Lakers made their push, going on a 17-2 run that got them into the game. In the end, the Lakers came away victorious with a 113-106 win, handing the Trail Blazers (33-45) their ninth consecutive loss.
Kobe Bryant and Damian Lillard went at one another. Bryant finished with a game-high 47 points and Lillard ended with a career-high 38 points.
Pau Gasol flirted with a triple-double -- 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Dwight Howard added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
LaMarcus Aldridge contributed 17 points and 16 rebounds.
Late in the third quarter, Victor Claver attempted a reverse layup in transition and came down awkwardly on his left ankle. He called to be subbed out the game and headed straight to the locker room. It's the same ankle that cause him to miss time this season.
He would return to start the fourth.
Terry Stotts started Lillard, Will Barton, Claver, Aldridge, and Meyers Leonard.
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