LOS ANGELES – The Portland Trail Blazers have now lost their seventh straight game as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated them 111-107 in a game that may have huge playoff implications down the road.
Kobe 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. Nicolas Batum chipped in 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Damian Lillard provided 19 points and seven assists.
After sitting out the last game to nurse a lower leg and elbow sprain, Wesley Matthews returned to the starting lineup to go for 15 points and eight rebounds.
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