On a night when the Blazers were busy operating on Greg Oden’s knee, they forgot that they had a game playing against the Lakers at Staples Center. The Blazers started the game fast scoring the first three points of the game from Raymond Felton’s three-pointer. But they suddenly went scoreless for more than five minutes, missing six straight shots. Portland scored only 4 more points in the first quarter to make it 7, the lowest-scoring first quarter in the franchise’s history. The Lakers didn’t stop there. They started the second quarter scoring 8 straight points to lead 37-7 before the Blazers woke up cutting the lead down to 22 points, 30-52 at halftime.
The Blazers outscored the Lakers 62-51 in the second half, but the deficit was too much for a comeback. Nicolas Batum continued playing well with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 block shots. LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and Jamal Crawford added 15 points off the bench in the loss.
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