Blazers hold off Lakers 114-108, await Pacers
Portland Trail Blazers 114, LOS ANGELES LAKERS 108
Sunday night, Staples Center, 18,997 announced attendance
The Blazers scored the first 11 points and led 32-24 after one quarter, then had to fight off a furious Lakers rally in the fourth quarter.
Portland, which was on top 53-50 at the half, made it a 94-74 edge through three quarters, but Los Angeles closed to within 101-100 with 3:14 left and still was in striking distance inside the final minute.
Blazers guard Mo Williams made two free throws with 18.6 seconds remaining to give the Blazers a 112-108 lead. Then Portland point guard Damian Lillard blocked a 3-point shot by Jodie Meeks and sank two foul shots with 11.7 seconds left. The Lakers missed a short jumper at the buzzer.
WHAT IT MEANS
Portland bounced back from its loss at Phoenix earlier in the week and improved to 14-3 even with San Antonio for the best record in the NBA Western Conference, with both teams one game ahead of 12-3 Oklahoma City, which has won seven in a row and is headed to Moda Center for a Wednesday night game against the Blazers.
The Lakers fell to 9-9.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points, and Lillard had 26 for Portland. Wesley Matthews added 17 points, and center Robin Lopez had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Aldridge had nine rebounds, as did Nicolas Batum, who also scored nine points.
. Portland made 29 of 34 free throws, while the Lakers were 18 of 23 at the line.
Lillard's last-minute block was the Blazers' only one.
The Blazers play Eastern Conference and NBA standings leader Indiana (16-1) at home Monday at 7 p.m. (CSNNW). The Pacers also will be playing for a second straight night; they won at the Los Angeles Clippers 105-100 Sunday night.