Trail Blazers vs Lakers Friday, 04/08/11 AT 07:00PM

Trail Blazers 93, Lakers 86: Post-Game Notes

04/08/11
  1. Written by: caseyholdahl  / avg. rating: 4.5

    -- The Trail Blazers have now sold out 155 straight games at the Rose Garden (including regular season and playoffs), dating back to Dec. 21, 2007 … Entering tonight Portland was second in the NBA in average home attendance (20,502).

    -- The Trail Blazers are now a season-best 14 games over .500 with a record of 47-33, which is two games behind their 80-game record from last season (49-31) when Portland went on to win 50 games and claim the sixth seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.

    -- Nate McMillan now has a record of 245-245 with Portland, marking the first time he has reached the .500 mark with the Trail Blazers since he was 3-3 in his first season as head coach with the club (2005-06).

    – Portland has now won 10 of the last 12 meetings with the Lakers at the Rose Garden … The Lakers take the season series from Portland (3-1) for the first time since 2004-05 and second time in the last 18 seasons … Los Angeles misses sweeping the Trail Blazers for the first time since 1988-89 (5-0).

    -- LaMarcus Aldridge scored a game-high tying 24 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for his third straight double-double and 35th of the season … Aldridge is averaging 23.8 points (52.0 FG%) and 9.1 rebounds since Dec. 15 (55 games).

    -- Portland is now 34-3 when shooting a better percentage from the field than its opponent … The Trail Blazers are 20-2 when shooting at least 45.0 percent from the field at home.

    -- Portland outscored the Lakers on the break 20-6 … By the end of the half the Trail Blazers held a 16-0 advantage in fast break points.

    -- Andre Miller netted 12 points and a game-high 13 assists for his 11th double-double of the season … Miller scored eight of Portland’s first 17 points, and finished the first half with 10 points and seven assists … His 13 assists mark his most in a game since Feb. 5, and his second most this season (15, Dec. 25 at Golden State).

    -- Gerald Wallace logged his fourth double-double as a Trail Blazer and 18th of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds, adding seven assists in 40 minutes … Wallace finished the first half with nine points, eight rebounds, four assists and one steal … He has now scored in double-figures in 10 straight games.

    -- The Trail Blazers started the third quarter with a 21-3 run, expanding its lead from six points to 24 points in the first seven minutes of the half … In a 16:02 stretch from the middle of the second quarter to the middle of the third, Portland outscored Los Angeles 48-19 … The Lakers finished the third quarter on a 12-0 run to close the deficit from 24 points to 12 … Down 31-26, Portland went on a 15-0 run in the second quarter to take a 41-31 lead, finishing the quarter with a 53-47 advantage.

    -- All five starters for the Trail Blazers scored in double figures for the sixth time this season … Portland is 5-1 when each starter scores 10 points or more on the season … All five starters were in double-figures by the middle of the third quarter.

    -- The Lakers committed 17 turnovers that led to 13 points for the Trail Blazers, while nine Portland turnovers were converted into zero points by Los Angeles … Entering the game, Portland ranked third in the NBA in turnovers per game (13.0) and second in turnover differential (-2.69)

    -- Kobe Bryant scored 18 of his 24 points in the first half to lead the Lakers … Bryant scored the Lakers’ final 14 points of the first half, including four consecutive 3-pointers … Bryant went 0-for-3 from the foul line … He scored six points on 3-of-12 shooting in the second half.

    -- Los Angeles shot 7-for-14 (50.0%) from the foul line, tying season low for a Portland opponents in made free throws and free throw percentage.

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