Pau Gasol contributed 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. (Facebook/LA Lakers)
It’s been a while since the Los Angeles Lakers delivered an exciting win. It’s also been a while since the Lakers strung together two wins in a row.
Monday night the Lakers did both of those things.
Lakers Kent Bazemore threw an alley-oop to Wesley Johnson for a dunk with 6.9 seconds left. The Trail Blazers attempted to pull out the win, but a missed three-pointer allowed LA to escape with a 107-106 victory in Portland, Ore.
The Lakers won their second straight game, and snapped the Trail Blazers’ five-game winning streak.
LA had a huge first quarter and led by as many as 15 points in the first. Lakers Pau Gasol led all scorers with 22 points, while Jodie Meeks added 21 points.
The Lakers outscored the Trail Blazers 58-40 in the paint and scored 32 points off of fast breaks. The Lakers shooting success continued as LA shot 45 percent from the field, and 44 percent from behind the arc.
The Lakers defense kept the Trail Blazers under 35 percent shooting from behind the three-point line and tallied up 12 steals.
Two Trail Blazers ended with a double-double. Nicolas Batum scored 17 points and brought down 15 rebounds, while Robin Lopez scored 19 points and 16 rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge scored a team-high 21 points.
Lakers Xavier Henry returned to the line-up, but was limited to only five minutes. While Henry returned Steve Nash is expected to be out for the remainder of the season.
The Lakers improve to 21-39 and return home for a two-game home stand versus the New Orleans Pelicans and LA Clippers.