The Lakers hit the
Against the Blazers, the Lakers competed through a half of basketball but were badly out-paced in the third quarter. The Lakers closed out the final period well (21-14), but Portland's lead was never in danger.
Portland shot 40.7% from the field and 22 of 23 from the line (95.7%). The Lakers didn't miss a free throw, hitting all 11 of their attempts but shot just 36.6% from the floor.
With the loss, the Lakers fall to 13-40. They'll return to the court a week from Friday, after the All-Star break, at home against the
The Blazers pulled away in the third quarter, out-scoring the Lakers 34 to 19, taking a 23-point lead into the fourth quarter.
The Lakers were led by
As a team, the Lakers shot just 35.2%. Both teams continued a perfect streak at the line, with 21 makes for the Blazers and 11 for the Lakers.
The Lakers and Blazers both scored 22 points in the second-quarter, finishing the half with the Blazers still up eight.
Portland shot 42.5% from the field while the Lakers hit just 37.5%. Both teams were perfect from the line, the Blazers on 15 attempts while the Lakers converted their seven.
The Lakers were within two points of the Blazers with 4 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter, but Portland pushed ahead to end the period up eight.
The Lakers shot 39.1% from the field, managing to get through the quarter without a turnover. Portland had three miscues.
The Blazers are one of the top teams in the Western Conference, the Lakers are not.
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