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Los Angeles at Portland

Kobe-less Lakers end Rose Garden skid by crushing Blazers

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Lamar Odom thinks the reason the Los Angeles Lakers finally snapped a nine-game losing streak in Portland was because they didn't have Kobe Bryant.

But he meant no disrespect.

 Blazers guard Roy out until after All-Star Game

"I think it made us a little more focused as a group, to come in here and do whatever we had to do to stay in the game," said Odom, who matched his career high with 22 rebounds to go with 10 points in the Lakers' 99-82 victory over the Trail Blazers on Saturday night.

Bryant sat out with a sore left ankle. The 12-time All-Star and last year's NBA Finals MVP had played in 235 straight games.

Ron Artest had 21 points and the Lakers pulled away in the fourth quarter, leading by as many as 19 points.

Portland was again without All-Star guard Brandon Roy, who announced earlier in the evening that he would miss the next three games and the All-Star Game to heal his sore right hamstring.

The Lakers had not won at the Rose Garden since Feb. 23, 2005. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak overall against the Blazers.

"We were aware of it," Odom said about the streak. "And we wanted to come up here and play strong."

LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 16 points. He was asked whether the Blazers let their guard down a little bit when Bryant didn't play.

"No, we came to play. The first quarter, we were right there. Second quarter, down eight or so, but we had good looks," he said. "They just didn't fall for us tonight. It was just one of those nights were we couldn't find it."

Bryant originally sprained his ankle in Philadelphia last week. He aggravated it during Wednesday night's victory over Charlotte when Odom stepped on his foot.

Bryant had last missed a game on March 7, 2007, because of a suspension. He had not missed a game because of injury since Dec. 8, 2006.

The Lakers said he would be evaluated on Sunday.

"We reacted well," Lakers forward Pau Gasol said. "We played hard, we played well and the result was a very good win."

Bryant, who is averaging 28 points, played the night before in the Lakers' 126-113 loss to the Denver Nuggets. He had 33 points and nine rebounds.

"At 5:30, I thought Kobe was going to play," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "Then I went to the coach's room and Kobe followed me and said. `I'm thinking about not playing tonight.' I said, `It's OK if you don't.'

"Then I saw him 10 minutes later at 6 p.m. and he said, `I'm going to take the night off."'

Bryant left the locker room at the Rose Garden before reporters were allowed to enter.

Roy has missed 12 of the last 13 games. He was originally hurt in a Jan. 13 game against Milwaukee, then aggravated the injury on Jan. 20 at Philadelphia.

Roy, who leads the Blazers with 23.1 points per game, said at a news conference before the game that there was no formal timetable for his return.

The Blazers went up 39-30 in the second quarter, but the Lakers wouldn't allow the margin to get any bigger.

Derek Fisher's fast-break layup pulled Los Angeles to within 41-39 before Gasol's bank shot tied it.

Nicolas Batum's 3-pointer prevented the Lakers from going ahead until Artest's 3-pointer made it 48-46 with 1:07 left before the half.

Artest added a 30-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Lakers a 54-48 lead going into the break.

"They left me wide open, and I've been shooting pretty well from 3 this year," he said.

Artest's layup put the Lakers up 65-55 midway through the third quarter, and Gasol's dunk made it 73-64 to start the fourth.

The Lakers got a scare early in the game when Andrew Bynum left with a hip injury. He returned, but then sat out the second half. His condition was unclear.

Notes

  • The Blazers celebrated their 40th anniversary. Portland was awarded an NBA franchise on Feb. 6, 1970.
  • Sunday is Blazers forward Juwan Howard's birthday. He will be 37.
  • The Blazers had a franchise-low two offensive rebounds.
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Lamar Odom grabs one of his 22 boards, matching his career high, as the Lakers pull away.  (Getty Images)
Lamar Odom grabs one of his 22 boards, matching his career high, as the Lakers pull away. (Getty Images)
Scoreboard
L.A. Lakers (39-13) «2628192699
Portland (30-23) 2919161882
LAL:R. Artest 21 Pts
LAL:L. Odom 22 Reb
LAL:L. Odom 6 Ast
POR:L. Aldridge 16 Pts
POR:J. Howard 7 Reb
POR:S. Blake 7 Ast
Players of the Game
PortlandLos Angeles

L. Aldridge

L. Odom
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
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Los Angeles
P. Gasol, PF396-141-284313
R. Artest, SF389-120-034121
L. Odom, PF374-92-2226210
D. Fisher, PG305-102-316214
A. Bynum, C101-31-21003
S. Brown, PG388-152-331219
J. Farmar, PG185-90-222012
J. Powell, PF161-50-05022
S. Vujacic, SG82-41-12135
L. Walton, SF70-30-00010
K. Bryant, SGDid Not Play
A. Morrison, SFDid Not Play
D. Mbenga, CDid Not Play
Totals 41-849-1547241699
 48.8%60.0% 
Portland
L. Aldridge, PF397-162-252216
A. Miller, PG305-84-446114
M. Webster, SG281-70-02232
J. Howard, PF285-70-071310
J. Bayless, PG214-85-620213
R. Fernandez, SG242-61-11117
N. Batum, SF243-90-22018
D. Cunningham, SF213-52-25128
S. Blake, PG181-50-01723
J. Pendergraph, PF50-00-01010
P. Mills, PG20-01-20001
J. Przybilla, CDid Not Play
T. Outlaw, SFDid Not Play
B. Roy, SGDid Not Play
G. Oden, CDid Not Play
Totals 31-7115-1930201882
 43.7%78.9% 
Other Games
Atl 0 PPD
Wash 0
NO 104 Final
Char 99
NY 106 Final
Cle 113
NJ 92 Final
Det 99
Mia 91 Final
Chi 95
Mem 102 Final
Min 109
Phi 102 Final
Hou 95
Ind 81 Final
Mil 93
Den 106 Final
Utah 116
OKC 104 Final
GS 95
SA 98 Final
LAC 81