The Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers headed into the second quarter tied, but Portland turned it on, pulling away to take a 53-47 halftime lead. The Blazers used a strong performance from the starting five, with three of the five in double-figures already. Portland's balanced effort helped it counteract Kobe Bryant, who suddenly caught fire after scoring just four points in the first quarter.
Bryant had one of those quarters he's known to have, scoring 14 points and taking over the game for the Lakers. At the half, Bryant already has 18 points, and is the only Laker in double-figures for the game. Pau Gasol scored six in the first quarter, but didn't notch a single point in the second as Bryant took the bulk of the shots and handled the offense.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers in the first half with 12 points and four rebounds. Andre Miller has done it all, scoring 10 points and dishing out seven assists in the half. Nicolas Batum was also in double-figures with 10 points, followed closely by Gerald Wallace, nine points, and Wesley Matthews, seven points.