Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/13

Game 1: Saturday, December 13th
Trail Blazers112
Game 2: Tuesday, February 17th
Trail Blazers86Final
Game 3: Tuesday, April 6th
Trail Blazers91Final
Game 4: Wednesday, April 14th
Trail Blazers104

Lakers 108

(18-5, 6-4 away)

Trail Blazers 112

(11-10, 11-2 home)

7:00 PM ET, December 13, 2003

Moda Center, Portland, OR

1 2 3 4 T
LAL 20 34 28 26108
POR 26 28 30 28112

Top Performers

LAL: K. Bryant 35 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Blk

Por: R. Wallace 28 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

Stoudamire's 3s spark victory

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Ruben Patterson jumped onto the scorer's table with his hands raised in victory after the Portland Trail Blazers shook off a difficult few weeks by toppling the mighty Los Angeles Lakers.

Damon Stoudamire had a pair of key 3-pointers in the final minutes to give the Blazers a 112-108 victory and hand the Lakers their second loss in two nights.

"We had energy. We knew we were playing the best team in the NBA and everyone was up," said Zach Randolph, who had 24 points and 11 rebounds. "How can you not be up for a game like this?"

Stoudamire finished with 25 points and eight assists for the Trail Blazers, who returned home to snap a three-game losing streak.

After Kobe Bryant's layup evened it at 99, Rasheed Wallace hit a pair of free throws to put the Blazers ahead, and Randolph hit an 8-foot jumper to make it 103-99.

Shaquille O'Neal's layup narrowed it for the Lakers, but Stoudamire's 3-pointer put the Blazers ahead 106-101 with 2:08 left. Afterward, Patterson lifted Stoudamire in celebration and carried him nearly halfway down the court.

Stoudamire hit another one to put the Blazers up 109-104 but a pair of foul shots kept the Lakers in it until Wallace's jumper bounced several times before falling to make it 111-106 and Portland held on for the final margin.

Wallace, who stirred controversy with a contentious interview earlier in the week, had 28 points and seven rebounds to help Portland improve to 11-4 at home.

The night before, the Lakers fell to the Dallas Mavericks 110-93, their first loss at home in 13 games this season. The loss to Dallas snapped a 10-game overall winning streak.

Bryant finished with 35 points, and O'Neal had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers.

"We had a lot of opportunities to win, but Damon hit those two big threes and we were slapping the rebounds around," O'Neal said. "We really let this one slip away."

The Blazers, who led by as many as 10, jumped out to an early 13-6 lead on Randolph's layup. Los Angeles narrowed it to 19-18 on Karl Malone's jumper, but Portland responded with Wallace's 3-pointer and Dale Davis' dunk.

After the Blazers took a 47-37 lead on Stoudamire's 3-pointer, the Lakers went on a 12-2 run to even it at 49, and the teams were even at 54 at halftime.

Bryant, who did not even take a shot in the first quarter, scored 11 points in the second.

The Lakers went up 70-67 on O'Neal's consecutive dunks, and led by as many as five points -- but the Blazers kept it close and the two teams went on to trade the lead nine times in the third quarter.

"It was not just an ordinary win," Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks said afterward. "It was a big win for us."

Wallace received a number of boos from the home fans when he was introduced before the game.

Wallace charged in an interview earlier in the week that the NBA's white establishment is exploiting young black athletes to enrich itself. He also used objectionable language.

There was widespread criticism of the comments, including a statement from NBA commissioner David Stern. Wallace issued an apology before the game, saying he regretted using the objectionable language but stood by his right to express his opinions.

It was the latest problem to befall the Blazers. Just over two weeks ago, Randolph was arrested when a police officer said he smelled marijuana during a traffic stop. Shortly thereafter, the Blazers traded talented but volatile guard Bonzi Wells to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Game notes

The two teams split their four-game series last season, with both teams winning at home. The teams have split their last six regular-season series. ... Free agent outfielder Gary Sheffield was among the fans at the game. ... Friday night's loss also snapped the Lakers' streak of 27 regular-season victories at Staples Center. ... Gary Payton, ejected the night before for two first-quarter technicals against Dallas, had 14 points. ... It was the Lakers' sixth straight loss at the Rose Garden.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 108 112
FGM-FGA 42-83 (.506) 45-88 (.511)
3PM-3PA 2-8 (.250) 9-19 (.474)
FTM-FTA 22-27 (.815) 13-20 (.650)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-38 14-45
Assists 24 29
Turnovers 9 11
Steals 9 5
Blocks 3 1
Fast Break Points 3 3
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 22 (0/0)

Top Performers

Los Angeles
Kobe Bryant Bryant
Points: 35
Reb: 5
Ast: 6
Stl: 0
Blk: 1
Rasheed Wallace Wallace
Points: 28
Reb: 7
Ast: 5
Stl: 1
Blk: 0