Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 3)

Series starts 2/1

Game 1: Tuesday, February 1st
Trail Blazers79Final
Game 2: Wednesday, February 23rd
Trail Blazers83
Game 3: Wednesday, April 20th
Trail Blazers106

Lakers 103

(34-48, 12-29 away)

Trail Blazers 106

(27-55, 18-23 home)

    7:00 PM ET, April 20, 2005

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAL 20 29 32 22103
    POR 28 31 20 27106

    Top Performers

    LAL: K. Bryant 37 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast

    Por: S. Telfair 17 Pts, 3 Reb, 11 Ast

    Outlaw's layup with 7.1 seconds left seals it for Portland

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Soon after the season finale, Kobe Bryant was already ticking off the reasons for the Lakers' dramatic slide this season.

    His ankle injury, and the 14 games he missed. Head coach Rudy Tomjanovich's resignation. Lamar Odom's shoulder.

    He did not mention the departures of Shaquille O'Neal or Phil Jackson.

    "It's disappointing. It's very disappointing," Bryant said. "And it's frustrating."

    Travis Outlaw's layup with 7.1 seconds left kept the Lakers at bay, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat Los Angeles 106-103 Wednesday night in a matchup of two teams that will miss the postseason.

    Bryant, who reached the NBA Finals last season before the Lakers were broken up and O'Neal was traded to Miami, his team with 37 points. But it was for naught as the Lakers lost their sixth straight.

    "I've always been one to bounce back," Bryant said. "That's what I'm going to do -- put the season behind us, but remember the pain and the frustration that came with it."

    The Blazers, who emphasized developing young talent as the season wound down, finished 27-55. Outlaw, in his second NBA season, led the Blazers with a career-high 20 points, while rookie Sebastian Telfair had 17 points and 11 assists.

    The Blazers also relied heavily on rookies Ha Seung-Jin and Viktor Khryapa.

    "If you looked around the building tonight you saw some of our future playing out there," said Blazers interim coach Kevin Pritchard, the team's director of player personnel.

    "It had to be done and I promise it will pay huge dividends. When you consider that we beat the Lakers with Kobe Bryant playing big minutes, with a team that had Viktor, Ha, Sebastian, Travis -- our young players -- playing the bulk of the minutes in the fourth quarter, you have to feel good about next year," he said.

    Trailing 101-100, Ruben Patterson hit a pair of free throws and Ha made a hook shot to put the Blazers up 104-101 with 1:45 left. The score stayed there until Patterson fouled Bryant with 30 seconds left. Bryant hit both free throws to narrow it to 104-103.

    Outlaw's layup put Portland back in control, and the Lakers couldn't do anything as the clock ran out. Patterson hurled the ball into the stands and stripped off his shirt in celebration of the win, but the Blazers aren't going to the playoffs for the second straight season.

    Without O'Neal and coach Jackson, the Lakers failed to reach the postseason for the first time since 1993-94. Adding to the insult was the fact that the Lakers finished with a worse record than the L.A. Clippers.

    Bryant averaged 27.6 points a game, not good enough to overcome his team's other shortcomings.

    After the Lakers fell 126-99 at Golden State on Monday, interim coach Frank Hamblen canceled practice Tuesday, saying he didn't know if there was anything else the team could work on.

    "I don't think we'd have been a team that would've won 50 games, if healthy. But if healthy, I think we could have competed for a playoff spot," said Hamblen, who took over for Tomjanovich.

    Portland native Damon Stoudamire, who has been a Trail Blazer for seven-plus seasons, now becomes a free agent. A group of fans honored the hometown favorite with a sign reading "We love you Damon. Thanks 4 the memories."

    An O'Neal fan lofted a sign reading: "No Shaq. No playoffs."

    Game notes

    Bryant became the 15th player to reach 14,000 points and the youngest to do it. Bryant was be 26 years and 240 days, while Michael Jordan reached 14,000 at 27 years, 68 days. ... The Lakers were without forward Caron Butler for the second straight game. He was at home in Southern California to be with his 1-year-old daughter, Mia, who had an asthma attack. ... The already injury-depleted Trail Blazers were without center Joel Przybilla, who had back spasms. ... Lakers center Vlade Divac served the second of a two-game suspension for elbowing Mavericks center Shawn Bradley. Divac played in only 15 games this season, averaging 2.3 points and 2.1 rebounds. ... The Blazers finished the season 9-32 on the road, their worst record away from Portland since they were 5-36 in 1973-74.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 103 106
    FGM-FGA 36-84 (.429) 42-76 (.553)
    3PM-3PA 8-31 (.258) 3-8 (.375)
    FTM-FTA 23-29 (.793) 19-25 (.760)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-39 6-36
    Assists 21 28
    Turnovers 13 13
    Steals 6 9
    Blocks 3 0
    Fast Break Points 10 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (1/0) 23 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 5 13

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Kobe Bryant Bryant
    Points: 37
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Sebastian Telfair Telfair
    Points: 17
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 11
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0