Final

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 1/11

Game 1: Wednesday, January 11th
Lakers103Final
Trail Blazers113
Game 2: Tuesday, February 21st
Trail Blazers82Final
Lakers99
Game 3: Wednesday, March 1st
Lakers93Final
Trail Blazers99
Game 4: Friday, April 14th
Trail Blazers99Final
Lakers110

Trail Blazers 99

(21-58, 6-34 away)

Lakers 110

(43-37, 25-14 home)

Coverage: FSW

7:30 PM ET, April 14, 2006

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

1 2 3 4 T
POR 18 27 29 2599
LAL 36 14 29 31110

Top Performers

Portland: M. Webster 18 Pts, 5 Reb

Los Angeles: K. Bryant 50 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 5 Stl

Kobe scores 50, sets Lakers' season scoring mark

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant has great respect for the man whose franchise records he keeps breaking.

Bryant broke Elgin Baylor's single-season scoring record with a flourish, getting 50 points Friday night in a 110-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. But he won't sit by his cell phone waiting for any congratulatory response from the Clippers' general manager, who set the mark during the 1962-63 season.

"I don't expect him to. I mean, he's with the Clippers and I'm with the Lakers," Bryant said. "But if he picks up the paper and reads about it, he should know that I owe a lot of it to him and to the other great players as well, because I really learned a lot about the game from watching them."

Bryant has been aware of Baylor ever since age 6, when his grandparents sent him a tape called "Golden Greats of the NBA." He didn't just watch it, he studied it -- over and over, year after year.

"I just steal all of their moves and incorporate them into my game," Bryant said. "I copied Elgin's first step. It's actually a `rocker' step, which is kind of a stutter move."

Bryant, closing in on his first NBA scoring title, reached the 50-point mark for the sixth time this season and 11th time in his career. The Lakers are 8-3 in those games.

He eclipsed two other franchise records this season that Baylor held -- most points in a game and most 40-point games in a season. Bryant, whose 81 points against Toronto on Jan. 22 were second-most ever in an NBA game, came in needing only 16 to surpass Baylor's mark of 2,719. He did that with 9:06 left in the third quarter, draining a 3-pointer after missing two free throws 44 seconds earlier.

"It means a lot to me because we're playing well and we're in a position where we can get into the playoffs and make some noise," Bryant said. "We've achieved everything we have as a team, and the individual stuff just makes for a more pleasant journey."

Lamar Odom recorded his second straight triple-double. He finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds and tied a career high with 12 assists, after going 15-13-10 against Golden State on Tuesday for his first triple-double with the Lakers. He is the first player on the team with consecutive triple-doubles since December 2004, when Bryant did it against Golden State and Phoenix.

"I hope I can keep it going and take it into the playoffs," Odom said. "I'd really like to get four in a row going into the postseason. I'm just staying focused throughout the game and not letting one or two missed shots get me down. I'm just doing all the little things I need to do to win games."

Kwame Brown had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who sent the Blazers to their 15th straight road loss with their ninth win in 12 games. The only thing that prevented Los Angeles from clinching a playoff berth was Utah's 105-104 victory over New Orleans, which was completed shortly before the Lakers and Blazers tipped off.

"We need to keep playing this way if we want to shock some people in the playoffs," Odom said. "No one had us making the playoffs -- and now we'll probably be picked to lose in the first round. So this is a lot of fun, being an underdog."

Reserve guard Martell Webster scored 18 points for the Trail Blazers, who sent forward Darius Miles home on Thursday for disciplinary reasons before losing their fifth straight overall and 30th in their last 34 games.

Miles, who spent the entire first half of Wednesday night's 97-93 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on the bench, was punished by coach Nate McMillan for changing into his street clothes at halftime of that game. The team did not characterize the move as a suspension, but Miles' status was unknown for Saturday night's game against Golden State at the Rose Garden. He is in the second year of a six-year, $48 million contract.

Odom secured his 10th career triple-double with an assist on Bryant's 3-pointer, which gave the Lakers an 86-77 lead with 10:18 to play. Portland got as close as 88-86 on a 3-pointer by Webster with 7:38 remaining. But the Lakers responded with a 15-4 run, including nine points from Bryant, to extend the margin to 103-90 with 2:49 left.

"Right now it looks like Kobe's challenging himself in the fourth quarter to see if he can just dominate," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "Before we could even get a double-team on him, the ball was released. And there's not much more you can do about that."

Game notes


A victory on Sunday against Phoenix would keep Phil Jackson's perfect record as an NBA head coach intact -- guiding a team to the playoffs for the 15th time in 15 tries without ever finishing the regular season with a losing record. ... The Trail Blazers have won only 15 of 81 road games over the last two seasons. They are a league-worst 6-34 this season away from the Rose Garden, and are assured of finishing with their worst road record since going 5-36 in 1973-74.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
POR
LAL
Points 99 110
FGM-FGA 38-74 (.514) 40-83 (.482)
3PM-3PA 7-13 (.538) 8-24 (.333)
FTM-FTA 16-24 (.667) 22-28 (.786)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-34 13-39
Assists 24 28
Turnovers 15 7
Steals 3 10
Blocks 6 1
Fast Break Points 8 13
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 18 (2/0)
Largest Lead 6 21

Top Performers

Portland
Los Angeles
Martell Webster Webster
Points: 18
Reb: 5
Ast: 0
Stl: 0
Blk: 0
Kobe Bryant Bryant
Points: 50
Reb: 6
Ast: 1
Stl: 5
Blk: 0