Trail Blazers vs. Lakers final score: Bryant lifts Los Angeles over Portland, 111-107


Kobe Bryant scored 40 points after guaranteeing that the Lakers would make the playoffs earlier on Friday.

Kobe Bryant scored 40 points on 15-of-23 shooting from the field to lead the Lakers over the Trail Blazers, 111-107, on Friday.

Dwight Howard complemented Bryant by recording his 28th double-double of the season as he finished with 19 points and 16 rebounds. Four other Lakers - Metta World Peace, Earl Clark, Antawn Jamison and Jodie Meeks - scored in double-figures.

All five Portland starters scored in double-figures, led by J.J. Hickson`s 22 points and 11 rebounds. The double-double was Hickson`s 29th of the season. Nicolas Batum also had 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field for the Trail Blazers.

The Lakers have now won two games in a row after the All Star break to improve to 27-29 on the season and 18-11 at home. The loss was Portland`s seventh in a row as they dropped to 25-30 on the season. The Lakers now have sole possession of ninth place in the Western Conference standings.

More in the NBA:

Ziller's NBA trade deadline winners and losers

Grading every deadline deal

Stephen Jackson's emotional return after losing unborn child

Lakers not done making moves?

Flannery: Celtics leave to

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.