Roy, Blazers Snap Lakers' Streak

Returning Roy has 20 on return from injury, as Blazers triumph, 119-111
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2008 1:10 AM CST
Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy, right, looks to get past Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant during first half NBA basketball action in Portland, Ore., on Friday, Feb. 29, 2008. (AP Photo/Don...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Brandon Roy made all the difference for Portland in last night's defeat of the Lakers, 119-111. Roy, returning from a right ankle sprain, posted 20 points and 12 assists for the Trail Blazers. Coupled with a strong 22-point performance from LaMarcus Aldridge, it was enough to hand LA a loss for the first time in ten games, the AP reports.

The Lakers took off to an early lead, but couldn't hold on, despite a 33-point effort from  Kobe Bryant. The finish was nonetheless close, with the Lakers pulling to within four late in the fourth before losing their fifth straight at the Rose Garden. The loss also marked the end of LA's seven-game road winning streak.