came back from a 21-point deficit but couldn't quite come back again after facing a 20-point deficit.
barely fended off the Lakers, 114-108, Sunday at
The Lakers trailed by 21 in the first quarter, but caught Portland past the midpoint of the second quarter and took a brief lead.
Portland gradually extended from there and led by 20 going into the fourth quarter.
The Lakers rallied again, came within one point and couldn't pass Portland this time.
The effort was there from
, who had a career-high 27 points, and
, who had career-highs in points (12) and rebounds (seven).
(27 points) and
(26 points, nine assists) were a little too much for the Lakers.
' three-point shot with 14 seconds left and made two free throws at the other end to provide the final margin.
had a miserable game, scoring six points on 3-for-15 shooting and sitting on the bench the entire fourth quarter.
The Lakers continue to trail the Portland Trail Blazers through three quarters Sunday at
The Lakers cut a 21-point deficit to only three by halftime but gave way in the third quarter.
The Trail Blazers have made 17 of 19 free-throw attempts (89.5%), the Lakers only 10 of 14 (71.4%).
The Lakers trail the Portland Trail Blazers at halftime after making fairly good progress to battle back from a 17-point deficit in the first quarter.
The Lakers trailed, 21-4, at
Gasol made one of 10 shots in the first half. Aldridge was eight for 11.
The Lakers (9-8) have won four of their last five games.
The Lakers made only nine of 25 shots (36%) as a team.
Lakers reserve guard