Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Wesley Johnson's alley-oop lay-in off an
inbounds pass with 6.9 seconds remaining sent the Los Angeles Lakers over the
Portland Trail Blazers 107-106 in an entertaining battle on Monday.
The Blazers came in with 21 more wins than LA, but trailed for most of the
game until Damian Lillard's free throw with 34.6 seconds remaining gave them a
106-105 lead -- the team's first since it was a 6-4 game.
Wesley Matthews could have put the game away but missed a 3-point try that led
to a breakout for Kent Bazemore, who tried to split a pair of defenders and
had the ball knocked out of bounds with 7.1 seconds showing.
Replay was used to overturn the original call of Blazers ball, and Mike
D'Antoni drew up an inbounds play that saw Bazemore lob one for Johnson from
the sideline. Despite LaMarcus Aldridge being draped all over him, Johnson got
the go-ahead bucket to fall, and the Lakers survived Lillard's off-balanced
25-footer at the buzzer.
Pau Gasol and Jodie Meeks led LA with 22 and 21 points, respectively, while
Bazemore and Johnson both netted 14 in just the third back-to-back win for the
club since the beginning of January.
Robin Lopez and Nicolas Batum combined for 36 points and 31 rebounds for the
Blazers, who got 21 points from Aldridge and 20 from Lillard in the setback.
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