Blazers Snap Lakers' 4-Game Win Streak

Portland builds 18-point second half lead, holds off comeback
By Chip Bayers,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2008 1:10 AM CDT
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant purses his lips on court in the final seconds of their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers Tuesday.    (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
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(Newser) – Brandon Roy scored 23 points and matched his career high with 12 assists, and the Portland Trail Blazers held off the Los Angeles Lakers 112-103 on Tuesday night. LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Portland, which snapped a five-game losing streak. Channing Frye had a season-high 22 points and 11 rebounds.  

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Lakers, fighting to finish atop the Pacific Division. They need three wins—or three Phoenix losses—to take the division for the first time since 2004. The Suns beat the Memphis Grizzlies 127-113 earlier Tuesday night. The Blazers led by as many as 18 points in the second half.