NBA -- Lakers cling to 8th playoffs spot
By Joan Secuya-Medida
Fri, 12 Apr 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Los Angeles Lakers moved ahead of the Utah Jazz in the tight race for the 8th and last playoffs berth in the Western Conference by beating the Portland Trail Blazers 113-106 Wednesday night at the Rose Garden.
Kobe Bryant served up one of his best efforts of the season and scored 47 points in 48 minutes of play. Kobe made 14 of 27 field goals and went 18-for-18 from the free throw stripe.
The Lakers big men -- Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol -- provided inside might while Kobe tormented the Blazers with mostly jumpers and perimeter shots. Gasol had 23 points and nine rebounds while Howard finished with 20 and 10 rebounds.
After surrendering 41 first quarter points and trailing by two late in the fourth quarter, Los Angeles took control by going on an 8-0 run for a 106-100 lead with 4:09 left to play.
"He (Kobe) imposed his will on us tonight," Portland All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge told NBA.com. Aldridge had a huge 17 points and 16 rebounds for the short-handed Blazers who started four rookies against the visiting Lakers.
Overshadowed by Kobe's explosion was the spectacular effort turned in by leading Rookie of the Year candidate Damian Lillard, who scored 38 and dished nine assists. But Lillard's brilliance wasn't enough to carry a Blazers team that made only 38 of 85 field goals and 12 of 26 threes. (JSM)
Click here to view a list of other articles written by Joan Secuya-Medida.
Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:
|TODAY! Final Rios-Chaves & Vargas-Novikov Vegas News Conf - 1:30 PM PT|
By , Thu, 31 Jul 2014ALA GYM OPENS NEW WORLD-CLASS FITNESS CENTER IN MANILA
By , Thu, 31 Jul 2014DANNY GARCIA MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES
By , Thu, 31 Jul 2014PHOTOS: RIOS, MOSLEY MEDIA DAY
By , Thu, 31 Jul 2014TWO FOR THE MONEY ROUNDS
By Ted Lerner, Thu, 31 Jul 2014This Saturday Rodriguez vs. Santiago for the WBO Latin title, complete list of fights
By , Thu, 31 Jul 20141st pro loss only a setback for Ghislain Maduma; Lightweight takes positives from tough experience
By , Thu, 31 Jul 2014Kris George set to take on Fernando Ferreira Da Silva for regional honours
By , Thu, 31 Jul 2014"SARTONK" PREMIER BELT MAKER OF THE WBA, IBF, WBO AND IBO CONFIRMED FOR THE INAUGURAL BOX FAN EXPO TO TAKE PLACE THIS SEPTEMBER IN LAS VEGAS
By , Thu, 31 Jul 2014PACQUIAO-ALGIERI HAS MAKINGS OF A CLASSIC
By Recah Trinidad, Wed, 30 Jul 2014GAB LOOKS INTO “LAST HOME STAND” CONTROVERSY
By Eddie Alinea, Wed, 30 Jul 2014COMING THROUGH IN CRUNCH TIME
By Ted Lerner, Wed, 30 Jul 2014Cohen Congratulates McCalla and Luis for ShoBox Victories Friday Night
By , Wed, 30 Jul 2014ARUM UPBEAT ON PACQUIAO-ALGIERI TITLE FIGHT
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Tue, 29 Jul 2014PETALCORIN VS TELLO FOR VACANT INTERIM WBA FLYWEIGHT BELT
By Carlos Costa, Tue, 29 Jul 2014BLATCHE FITTING IN VERY WELL WITH GILAS PILIPINAS
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Tue, 29 Jul 2014Salimbagat, Castro shine in US chess
By Marlon Bernardino, Tue, 29 Jul 2014ALOLOD TKOs FAJARDO, RETAINS PHILIPPINE LIGHT-FLYWEIGHT TITLE
By Salvador Lopez, Tue, 29 Jul 2014FIGHT CARDS TO BE HELD REGULARLY AT MANDALUYONG CITY GYM
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Tue, 29 Jul 2014U.S. launch party in Big Apple KO win for Fight Network: Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini Named adviser/fight analyst
By , Tue, 29 Jul 2014Indian Promoter Shyam Batra’s First London, UK Event - CALL OF DUTY - This Saturday
By , Tue, 29 Jul 2014MRI confirms Melson’s Tear; Treatment set for tomorrow!
By , Tue, 29 Jul 2014AUSTRALIAN PROMOTER BELIEVES PACQUIAO-MAYWEATHER FIGHT HAS TO HAPPEN TO SAVE BOXING
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Tue, 29 Jul 2014DENVER CUELLO RETURNS IN SEPTEMBER
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Tue, 29 Jul 2014