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Game Recap: Lakers Can’t Keep Up With Lillard Late, Fall To Blazers

The Lakers look to extend their ‘player hating’ streak and make it two upset victories in a row as they take on the Portland Trail Blazers. The Lakers upset the Blazers in Portland the last time these two played.

The Lakers welcome Pau Gasol back after his battle with vertigo kept him out of the last couple games. He will be joined in the starting lineup by Chris Kaman who is playing his best basketball of the season.

First Quarter

The Kaman-Gasol duo got the Lakers off to a quick start as they jumped up by three. But the Blazers quickly turned things around with a 14-3 run led by Lillard and Batum to take a 19-11 lead. A couple of Bazemore baskets cut the the Blazers lead to six but the Lakers turnovers hurt them throughout the quarter. Nash had an excellent quarter with four assists helping to cut the Blazer lead to two at the end of the quarter 29-27 Blazers.

Second Quarter

Both teams were pretty cold to start the quarter before Nick Young got going with two quick buckets. A three-pointer by Ryan Kelly suddenly gave the Lakers a five point lead. The second quarter belonged to Nick Young as he was unstoppable for the majority of the period. The Lakers got a little too happy however, as the Blazers scored six straight points to make it a one-point game midway through. Despite the hot shooting, the Lakers were unable to gain any separation from the Blazers and a vicious Lillard dunk gave the Blazers the lead back. An Aldridge tip-in gave the Blazers a 63-61 lead at halftime.

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Third Quarter

The Blazers got started quickly in the third behind Lillard and Aldridge, the latter of whom scored eight points in two minutes to give the Blazers their largest lead of the game at 81-70. The Lakers brought in Nick Young with the team struggling and he continued his scorching shooting by hitting two more three-pointers to cut the lead to five. The Lakers struggled to maintain consistent offense and the Blazers were able to push the lead to double-digits. More excellent play from Nash kept the Lakers within striking distance as they trailed by only eight at the end of the quarter.

Fourth Quarter

Damian Lillard looked to put this game out of reach early in the fourth as his back-to-back three-pointers gave the Blazers a 13 point lead early in the fourth. The Lakers continued to fight behind Young, Nash, and Kelly, staying in striking distance midway through the quarter. Aldridge and Lillard were too much to handle down the stretch as the Lakers offense just couldn’t keep up. The Blazers hot shooting allowed them to pull away late as they left Staples Center with a 124-112 win. For all of our Lakers post-game videos, click here!

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  • The Lakers Tank Commander

    Lakers lost.Record is 25-49.8 games this misery ends finally.TANK!

    • truth24

      We back cause they suck. TANK!

  • kobe24

    Coudln’t watch the game entirely but anyone impressed by Steve Nash??? I know his defense isn’t great but in just

    21 minutes of game play he made 10 assist and 10 points and his +/- was a +8 highest in Lakers.

    Honestly if Lakers make a big run next year and save up Steve Nash (20 minutes limited games like how they do to Paker or Duncan)

    • Daryl Peek

      Nash played his heart out and was solid on defense surprisingly. Marshall, I can’t see him sticking. Meeks was relegated completely ineffective due to the clumsy floor spacing of the big’s together. Any and all functionality came when the big’s were on the bench.

  • Daryl Peek

    Whelp, ask and you shall receive. The wonder twin towers went 10-25 from the field and were COMPLETELY ineffective and dysfunctional. Hill was the sacrificial lamb for that hot mess. Gasol didn’t step foot into the paint til there was only two minutes left in the game. There was no defensive presence with the twin towers. Nash Young and Kelly were much better defensively and sparked any and all of the good offensive play we saw.

    • afs

      You’re definitely right, but at least with Kaman, we’re getting more high percentage shots in the paint… Also thought that MDA should’ve took Gasol out more, he looked tired and kind of rusty.

  • Daryl Peek

    Kaman on playing alongside Pau in the starting lineup: “I didn’t think it went that well, to be honest”

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