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Steve Nash tweaked his back on Friday night against the Blazers

The Lakers held on to win a close one against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night, 111-107.

Steve Nash struggled all game but came up with a crucial basket with 1:44 left to give the Lakers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

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“I tweaked my back in the first quarter and it kept locking up,” said Nash. “It was tight the whole game and I couldn’t get the mobility.”

Nash finished with four points on two-of-11 shooting, missing his lone free-throw attempt.

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“Tonight I couldn’t make shots but I tried to be there for my teammates,” said Nash, who also dished six assists.

Nash said he did everything he could to will his last shot into the basket.

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“When the ball got kicked out to me, and I didn’t feel comfortable catching and shooting it because I was backing into it and I felt stiff,” he said, “so I just tried to take my guy one on one and get deep and get a little fadeaway off -- and I was able to knock it in.”

Nash said he had his back worked on throughout the game and at halftime but just couldn’t get it loose enough to play comfortably.

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He said he didn’t notice a specific point at which his back started bothering him.

“I didn’t have enough time to get it sorted out and it just tightened up as it [went on],” said Nash of his back. “Hopefully, since we don’t play tomorrow, it should be fine by Sunday.”

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The Lakers (27-29) visit the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, followed by a trip to Denver to play the Nuggets on Monday night.

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