Published May 02, 2016
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Damian Lillard had 17 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 106-94 on Sunday night.
"Damian finished with a flurry, which was fun to watch," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.
LaMarcus Aldridge posted 15 points and nine rebounds, while Wesley Matthews added 16 points and five helpers for Portland, which has won eight of its last nine games.
Wesley Johnson netted 17 points to lead the Lakers, who were without Kobe Bryant due to rest. LA fell to 2-4 on the season without him in the lineup.
"We competed, I'm proud of that. We didn't run out of gas," Lakers coach Byron Scott said.
The game was tied 75-75 early in the fourth quarter before the Blazers went on a 14-1 run to seize control. Lillard netted eight straight points before Aldridge capped the surge with a jumper for an 89-76 advantage prior to the midway point of the frame.
LA never cut the deficit below seven the rest of the way.
Earlier, Portland led 23-20 following a quarter of play and was up 50-45 heading into the locker room.
Tarik Black's dunk finished off a 7-0 Lakers spurt to tie the game at 69-69 late in the third, but Portland still took a 72-69 edge into the final stanza.
Portland has won its last three at Staples Center against the Lakers, but LA has won six consecutive and 11-of-12 with Bryant in the lineup ... Chris Kaman had nine points and 12 rebounds and Nicolas Batum provided 11 points, nine boards and six assists for the Blazers ... Portland was 13-of-31 from beyond the arc.