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Los Angeles at Portland

Trail Blazers send Lakers to fourth straight loss

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- LaMarcus Aldridge teased Gerald Wallace about how the Portland crowd responded when Wallace refused to back down against the Los Angeles Lakers.

"They chanted your name so loud, I started chanting with them," Aldridge said. "Ger-ald Wall-ace."

Aldridge had 24 points and 11 rebounds, but Wallace -- with his physical play and his refusal to get rattled even when pestered by Ron Artest -- got the Rose Garden cheers in the Trail Blazers' 93-86 victory over the Lakers on Friday.

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Wallace finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Blazers, who helped prevent the two-time defending NBA champion Lakers from locking up the second seed in the Western Conference.

Kobe Bryant had 24 points in the Lakers' fourth straight loss.

"These guys just don't want to play hard right now," Lakers coach Phil Jackson lamented. "I hate to have this setup going into the playoffs when we're just not playing hard."

Artest hit a pair of 3-pointers that pulled the Lakers to 82-73 late. Aldridge made a jumper but Bryant had a pair of layups that narrowed it to 84-77.

Portland answered with Nicolas Batum's 3-pointer and Wallace's layup that extended the lead to 89-77 and all but sealed the win with 1:14 left.

Andre Miller finished with 12 points and 13 assists for Portland, which led by as many as 24 points.

"You can't put too much on one game," Aldridge said. "But whenever you can beat the Lakers, the defending champs, it's always a good game."

A victory by the Lakers combined with a loss by the Mavericks on Friday would have secured Los Angeles the West's No. 2 seed.

Bryant said the Lakers would "have a talk."

"Our guys look a little tired, a little sluggish, he said. "Hopefully we can turn it around."

The Blazers were in a tangle with Memphis and New Orleans for seeding at the bottom of the conference. The team that finishes eighth will face San Antonio in the opening round.

Both the Hornets and Grizzlies won on Friday night, but Portland's victory kept the Blazers in the sixth spot with two games left. The Blazers were coming off a 98-87 victory at Utah the night before.

Portland was without center Marcus Camby, who banged his head on the floor in a collision with David Lee in a loss to the Warriors on Tuesday night. Camby, who strained his neck, has missed two games.

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Los Angeles center Andrew Bynum missed shootaround early Friday because of a stomach ailment, but was in the starting lineup at gametime.

The Blazers took an early 19-14 lead in the first quarter, but the Lakers came back to go up 31-26 on Shannon Brown's long jumper from near the top of the arc.

Portland would respond with a 19-2 run that gave the Blazers a 45-33 lead with 3:19 to go before the break.

Bryant almost single-handedly kept the Lakers in it, scoring 18 first-half points, including a 3-pointer that closed the gap to 53-47 at the half.

Wesley Matthews' running jumper, off a skillful pass from Andre Miller, put Portland up 59-47. The Blazers extended the lead to 70-50 on Aldridge's dunk.

The Lakers closed the third quarter on a 12-0 run to narrow it to 74-62 on Brown's layup.

There were some tense moments in the final quarter when words were exchanged between Artest and Wallace. The fans at the Rose Garden cheered Wallace, who came to the Blazers in a trade at the deadline with the Charlotte Bobcats.

"It was a physical ball game," said Wallace, who is known by the nickname Crash. "I wasn't going to back down on him."

Artest responded by hitting his back-to-back 3-pointers.

"It's always a surprise to get beat like that," Bryant said. "They took advantage of us."

Notes

  • Bryant had four 3-pointers in the first half. But he finished 10-of-25 from the floor.
  • Trail Blazers great Terry Porter, now a part of the franchise's broadcast team, celebrated his 48th birthday on Friday.
  • The Lakers lost four straight earlier this season from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1.
  • Bynum fouled out with 2:46 left.
  • The Lakers had 17 turnovers to Portland's nine.
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LaMarcus Aldridge can't be stopped from scoring 24 points and adding 11 rebounds to the Trail Blazers' win over the Lakers. (Getty Images)
LaMarcus Aldridge can't be stopped from scoring 24 points and adding 11 rebounds to the Trail Blazers' win over the Lakers. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
L.A. Lakers (55-24)2126152486
Portland (47-33) «2132211993
LAL:K. Bryant 24 Pts
LAL:L. Odom 14 Reb
LAL:K. Bryant 4 Ast
POR:L. Aldridge 24 Pts
POR:G. Wallace 13 Reb
POR:A. Miller 13 Ast
Players of the Game
Los AngelesPortland

Lamar Odom

Gerald Wallace
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
1314319137
Los Angeles
P. Gasol, PF334-110-013238
K. Bryant, SG3210-250-324224
A. Bynum, C311-21-26063
R. Artest, SF304-144-582414
D. Fisher, PG263-60-04308
L. Odom, PF295-111-2143413
S. Blake, PG201-40-01002
S. Brown, PG203-100-01017
M. Barnes, SF183-31-23017
T. Ratliff, CDid Not Play
J. Smith, PFDid Not Play
L. Walton, SFDid Not Play
D. Caracter, PFDid Not Play
D. Ebanks, SFDid Not Play
Totals 34-867-1452142186
 39.5%50.0% 
Portland
L. Aldridge, PF4310-194-4111224
G. Wallace, SF405-127-10137419
A. Miller, PG374-84-4613112
W. Matthews, SG337-112-222318
N. Batum, SF266-120-040113
B. Roy, SG292-60-03345
R. Fernandez, SG160-20-01200
P. Mills, PG91-60-00012
C. Johnson, C70-10-01020
M. Camby, CDid Not Play
G. Oden, CDid Not Play
L. Babbitt, SFDid Not Play
E. Williams, SGDid Not Play
A. Johnson, PGDid Not Play
Totals 35-7717-2041281893
 45.5%85.0% 
Other Games
Atl 102 Final
Ind 114
NY 116 Final
NJ 93
Tor 93 Final
Phi 98
Wash 88 Final
Bos 104
Chi 93 Final
Cle 82
Mil 100 Final
Det 110
Char 103 Final
Mia 112
Pho 97 Final
NO 109
Den 89 Final
OKC 104
Sac 96 Final
Mem 101
LAC 96 Final
Dal 107