Blazers Vs. Lakers: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol Shrug Off Distractions

If history is any sort of indicator, Monday night's game is there for the taking for the Lakers ... but will the off-court distractions be too much for Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol to overcome when they meet the Portland Trail Blazers?

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Blazers Vs. Lakers Final Score: Kobe Bryant Helps Lake Show To 103-92 Win

Despite some feisty play from the Portland Trail Blazers in the second half, the Los Angeles Lakers held their ground and got a win on their home court at the Staples Center on Monday night, using a huge first quarter to lead them to a 103-92 victory.

As per usual, Kobe Bryant paced the Lakers. His 28 points led all scorers, and his 26 shots were more than any two other Lakers combined to take. Andrew Bynum added 14 points and 19 rebounds, while Pau Gasol had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Steve Blake set a new high as a Laker with 17 points off the bench.

The Blazers closed to within 10 points in the fourth quarter, but couldn't ever mount a serious charge after a 29-7 first quarter. Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge each had 18 points, and Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score 15 for Portland.

For more on the Lakers, head to Silver Screen and Roll; for more on the Blazers, visit Blazer's Edge.

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Blazers Vs. Lakers Score Update: Portland's Hole Slightly Shallower After Third Quarter

After the first quarter in Los Angeles, the Portland Trail Blazers trailed the Los Angeles Lakers by 22 points; after the second quarter, the margin was the same. But after an appreciably better third quarter, Portland's only down 14 points heading into the fourth quarter, trailing by an 80-66 score.

The Blazers have rallied in part because of their three-point shooting: Portland's made 11 of 18 threes on the night, and Nicolas Batum (18 points to lead all Blazers), Wesley Matthews, Jamal Crawford, and Raymond Felton have all made two or more triples.

The Lakers didn't exactly cool off in the third, with Kobe Bryant taking the lion's share of the shots and upping his game-high point total to 22. But after allowing seven points in the first quarter and 23 in the second, the Lakers gave up 36 to Portland in the third period.

For more on the Lakers, head to Silver Screen and Roll; for more on the Blazers, visit Blazer's Edge.

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Blazers Vs. Lakers Halftime Score: Los Angeles Holds Massive Lead

The Los Angeles Lakers had a 29-7 lead on the Portland Trail Blazers after one quarter at the Staples Center tonight, and all they had to do was maintain it in the second quarter for a 52-30 halftime score.

The Lakers' starting lineup has decimated the Blazers, with all five starters 13 or more points to the good in plus-minus on the night. Andrew Bynum has 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Kobe Bryant has added 11 points of his own, though he's needed 12 shots to get them, but Steve Blake leads all scorers with 14 points off the bench

The Blazers matched the Lakers in the second quarter, with 23 points of their own, but that miserable first quarter hangs like an albatross. Nicolas Batum's 12 points paced Portland in the first half, but no other Blazer has more than six.

For more on the Lakers, head to Silver Screen and Roll; for more on the Blazers, visit Blazer's Edge.

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Blazers Vs. Lakers Score Update: L.A. Roars To 29-7 Lead After First Quarter

The Los Angeles Lakers have been scuffling of late, and dealing with Pau Gasol trade rumors that Kobe Bryant has complained about publicly. (SB Nation Arizona has video of Kobe's frustration.) But they don't look it at all on Monday night against the Portland Trail Blazers, and put together a sizzling first quarter to take a 29-7 lead at the Staples Center.

Bryant and Andrew Bynum have 8 points each, and Bynum has 9 rebounds. Los Angeles closed the quarter on a 13-0 run to put Portland in its massive hole.

The Blazers got very little on offense in their worst first quarter of the 2011-12 season. Only LaMarcus Aldridge (4 points) and Raymond Felton (3points) scored for Portland, and the team posted an ice-cold 17.9 percent field goal percentage in the period.

For more on the Lakers, head to Silver Screen and Roll; for more on the Blazers, visit Blazer's Edge.

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Blazers Vs. Lakers: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol Will Attempt To Ignore Trade Rumors

If history is any sort of indicator, Monday night's game is there for the taking for the Lakers ... but will the off-court distractions be too much for Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol to overcome when they meet the Portland Trail Blazers?

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