ESPN: Though the Trail Blazers are out of the playoffs, that doesn’t mean they’re going quietly.

With the crowd at the Rose Garden chanting “Beat L.A!” Portland held off the Los Angeles Lakers 112-103 on Tuesday night.

Brandon Roy scored 23 points and matched his career high with 12 assists for Portland, which snapped a five-game losing streak. LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Channing Frye, starting in place of injured center Joel Przybilla, had a season-high 22 points and 11 rebounds.

“Coach said, ‘Go out and play with attitude and try to mess with some things in the West,’ and we did that tonight,” Roy said.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the playoff-bound Lakers, fighting to finish atop the Pacific Division. They need three wins — or three Phoenix losses — to take the division for the first time since 2004. The Suns beat the Memphis Grizzlies 127-113 earlier Tuesday night.

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  • sepehr

    Horrible defense, we need someone to protect the paint and Pau can’t do that right now. With this team we would struggle to get past the 2nd round.

  • Smush Walton

    Without a doubt that had to one of the worst officiated games I’ve seen in a long time. I give Kobe a lot of credit that he did not go ballistic and tell those three worthless pieces of excrement with the whistles what A-holes they all were. The league needs to review that game and suspend those three clowns for the pathetic job they did. Portland was constantly over the back on rebounds, holding Laker players by their jerseys, and committing numerous fouls while the three blind fools ran around pretending to ref the game.

    Smush of the game has to go to Farmar. He went 0 for 4 on 3’s, missing some wide open looks at key points in the game. Also, unfortunately Lamar came back to Earth, only grabbing 5 boards and doing minimal scoring. At least he did not do a lot of bonehead plays and foist up any 3’s. I give him credit – he played hard, but he was getting hammered all night long underneath the hoop.

  • Smush Walton

    That flagrant foul on Lamar was BOGUS! Yet another example of the BS refs we got stuck with tonight. The league should start weeding out the substandard refs. Unfortunately, there are too many of them out there.

  • Mr. Juan / Your Warlock

    It kind of feels good-(for at least I’m not alone)-to hear other people see and feel the same things I saw and felt, regarding the officiating of this game… The way this game was worked by these so-called officials, who’s to say they weren’t possibly, intentionally affecting the outcome of this particular game… Someone-(like the league front office)-should really carefully review this particular game… Unless of course they are in on this farce of a refereed joke of a game… I heard Stu mention more than once; “you never know what the referees are going to call” This should not be the case… calls should be close to 99% predictable… But sadly, with all the cheating going on, in all sports, this is no longer the case.

  • lalball81

    I was at the game last night, and I honestly didn’t see many horrible calls by the refs. You really can’t fault them, because it’s all subjective. Who’s to say what is and is not over the back? How ’bout a foul? Charging? There’s so much pressure on them to get every single call right, that every mistake is magnified to a degree where nobody will be satisfied. Case and point: At the game, there were plenty of calls against the Blazers that were greeted by a shower of ‘Boos’ down onto the court. I assume here at Lakers Nation those were good calls, eh? What’s a ref to do? They have to call what they see, and since they can’t be watching everybody at the same time, and only have human eyes you’d expect they’d miss something every once in a while. We, as fans, can’t villanize and complain about a job that we couldn’t do ourselves.

  • MrGame7

    We have 3 types of games we play. Minor point wins, Losses, and come from behind victories. Every once in a blue moon we blow a team out like when we had Bynum. I cant stand watching the terrible D that we play. I feel like no one trusts anybody on D. Everytime someone gets the ball in the post they double team and that man kicks it to a shooter for 3. You dont have to double bum ass big men who play for teams like Portland. Fisher cant keep up with any PG in the NBA and the rest of the team cant decide to turn it on when we get down 14 in the 3rd with 3 min left. This is bull shit and if it continues I’ll find a way to get into the locker room during the playoffs and tell these dudes the deals. Enough is enough….

  • xtro

    the blazers were just playing spoilers. but with the loss last night lake show really needs someone to defend the perimeter.

  • http://thelakersnation.com ThE NeXt FaRmAr 5

    well it figures that when the hornets lose so do the lakers. Now they pretty much have to win every game the rest of the year to get first, and kobe the MVP.

  • che

    guys if kobe doent win mvp this season hill wll 00 pecent next year so who cares,atleast i no fo certaim we will probably get 1round home court who cares we clinched baby

    the playoffs count not the regular season lakers

  • Angelo Vergara

    Lakers need to go into the playoffs with winning momentum and attitude. This is a terrible time to be losing to non playoff teams or to be losing altogether. I’m afraid we’ll struggle to make it out of the first round. Whoever we play in the first round will be tough, home court or not. Plus home court is useless if you can’t win 2 consecutive homes games to non playoff teams.

    I mean the Blazers didn’t even have Pryzbilla and Webster and Roy is not 100%, not to mention Oden.

  • Angelo Vergara

    I think Walton would have been the difference maker for us. We really missed him in that game.

  • ab4sure

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    Refs weren’t to blame for the loss. Only losers blame refs. The lakers bad play and the blazers team play what did in the lakers. B. Roy was like a orchestra leader dishing out assists and scoring when needed. He was the best player on the court last night.

  • Jack

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    O. Because you were at the game, yours and ours vantage point is different. When we watch in TV, we get to see better who is being fouled more and if those fouls were legit. And also, i felt the same foul called against the Lakers players were not called against the Trail Blazerens.

    Being in tbe game does not give you the ability to see fouls better, and hell ya those oregonions will ‘boo’ my lakers. you should know why.

  • Michael_23

    I’m not surprised … Lakers are cursed in that building somehow. Even with at team of Kobe, Shaq, Payton, and Malone had a difficult time beating them.

    As long as we don’t see them in the playoffs …

  • RoWyN

    This is a good loss….. they all better be prepared for the playoff atmosphere. That was pretty close to one.

  • LakersFirst

    The Lakers defense is continuing to skid downwards. Another 100+ point game to a team that doesn’t score a lot of points (I believe Portland only averages 95 pts per game this season).

    The Lakers have allowed 100+ points in 15 out of the last 19 games.

  • xtro

    No D. No Ring.

  • DCLAKER

    I’ve noticed something about the Blazers that I didn’t think about before,they specialize in 3’s,4’s and 5’s(bigs),Lakers specailize in finesse and athletism. This means no matter what defense you throw at’em(triangle or whatever)they’ll find ways to pound you and having,to me,one of the best SG’s in the game in Brandon Roy doesn’t hurt either.

    I’m on the East Coast so I didn’t see the game but I had a feeling when I walked in the crib and turned on ESPN and checked the score at bottom,Blazers 91 – Lakers 78 with 9 and some change to go in the 4th that this game was over.

    Lakers have to stop thinking that teams are going to roll over for them just beacuse they have Kobe and Gasol,that’s the reason teams play their best against us and then lose to teams like Minnesota and Miami.THEY HAVE TO PLAY 10 TIMES BETTER AGAINST THE BUM TEAMS AS WELL AS THE ELITE!

  • http://thelakersation.com/blog PauKobeBynumDynasty

    The one reason why we have won games this season is because we control the tempo of the game. That wasn’t there from the start of this one.
    Good:
    -Kobe played good this game and did all he could to keep it close. 34 points on 11-26 shooting with 5 assists and 5 rebounds.
    -Turnover control: We only had 11 to TB’s 13.
    -Kobe’s MVP race: If the Lakers won this, Kobe would have big gain in his MVP race, since CP3 and the Hornets played ugly against the Jazz at home.
    Bad:
    -Rebounds: We only had 37 against a team that allows 42 a game.
    -Lamar has to be consistent. A 11/5/3 stat line isn’t good enough for a W. Farmar had more rebounds than him, and he played about half Lamar’s time
    -Bench play: We only had 17 bench points, with the Machine having 10.
    -Three pointers: If we cant make at least 50% of our 3’s, then we should not be taking more than 20-23 a game. We attempted 27, and made 10.

    Next game, our starters should play at most 30 minutes, so they can get ready for the BIG games against New Orleans and San Antonio.

  • DCLAKER

    I had to go to YOUTUBE to watch the highlights and THAT WAS NOT A FLAGRANT FOUL ON ROY,HELL-TO THE-NAH!

  • gugy

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    you are right my friend.
    If we keep this kind of D, forget about championship.

    We need to step u big time on D. Why Newbie is not playing? We got this guy because of his defense.

    We need Artest next season!

  • e

    lack of defense inside, pau and lamar lacked it a bit last night and we got burned…this is where bynum’s presence helps…hopefully he’ll be back this weekend and hopefully he can get back to where he was soon

  • DCLAKER

    Ronny is Artest-like and I don’t need to explain Ariza.

  • DCLAKER

    ….and plus, since people are talkin’Artest,what about JO?

  • David

    So much about the number 1 seed. Damn Portland, they own us in that building no matter who’s injured.

  • SliqRiq

    This team is a f@&kin joke (Blazers that is) any time they see the Lakers I swear they freakin play like all stars. I watched them play the last 3 games and they couldnt throw a pea in the ocean but the Lakers come to town and I knew it they play way above they’re heads as usual.

    F*$k the Blazers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • xtro

    Da Jailblazers got lucky last night cuz Channing Frye was making all hiz shots. He ain’t consistent.

  • west213

    can only say 2 words, f uck me

  • DCLAKER

    Lakers don’t have that killer instinct since Bynum went down(except Kobe and Pau).They play good in spurts,meaning,against Phx.,Spurs,Wash.,Clev.,or any playoffs team,they’ll play like contenders but against non-playoff teams THEY SUCK LIKE A HOOKER ON HER BEST NIGHT.

    Let’s give to the Blazers they was BALLIN'(Jim Jones music please).Congradulations!The Lakers made your day but your still not headed to the post season(they’ll be rooting for us).

  • VacheG

    I hate the Rose Garden! There is some bad voodoo in that place that apparently hates the Lakers.

  • DCLAKER

    I just heard Brian Shaw was VERRRRRY disappointed with the way the Guard played,especially defending,allowing too much penetration(which killed them,again).

    Just get “White Chocolate” J.Williams in the off season so The Lakers will have a slasher of their own. Farmar is good but they need a penetrater who can pick apart the defenses,just like Roy did to’em.

  • ab4sure

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    yes, especially kobe letting Roy control the game. Kobe needs to play better D.

  • DCLAKER

    Amen brother.

  • Mr. Juan / Your Warlock

    Hey Jack, You got that right Jack! … There is no way in hell, being at the game gives you a better view of the calls/non calls… Having the advantage of television, which focuses right on top of the plays, replays and slow mo-(Tivo)-gives you the true perspective of all the plays… But there will always be, big time sarcastic losers trying to sound/look good as if they know what they are talking about, who love to comment on subject matter that does not even pertain… You have to forgive them though; they really don’t know wat their talkin bout… The fact the Lakers played poor defense and/or Portland shot lights out-(This means playing over their heads)-has absolutely nothing to do with officiating… GO LAKERS!

  • west213

    lakers need to get f uckin j. williams??!!!! bro r u kiddin me. that guys sucks he averages 9pts per game and 5asts…..Miami heat suck big ballzzz

  • west213

    now lakers need to get d. williams not j williams.

  • Mr. Juan / Your Warlock

    THATS RIGHT!….J WILL/MIAMI? … 14 game winner? … C’MON NOW, THINK JUST A LITTLE BIT … D WILL/UTAH WILL MAKE THE LAKERS FREAKING UNBEATABLE… WORD!

  • e

    okay guys, lakers do NOT need anymore allstars on the team…all they need to do is practice help defense as a unit

  • DCLAKER

    I dreamt Jason Williams was with The Lakers last night and ‘OH BOY’ what show(Lakeshow that is).

    Deron Williams is NOT a Free Agent(I have the list in front of me NOW).Y’all are better off tryin’ to get Jason Hart,C’mon now. The chemistry between him and Boooooozer is like watching Stockton and Malone….AGAIN. Utah would be extraordinarily STUPID to give up D-ron,NOT HAPPENING EVER.Would you give up D-Ron if you were a GM at Utah? If you answered ‘Yes’ YOU SHOULD BE KICKED OFF OF THIS SITE FOR GOOD!

    Back to Jason “White Chocolate” Williams,here’s a guy that called by his peers as The 2nd Coming of “Pistol” Pete Marovich,and this is true(go to YOUTUBE if you want proof).You can say what’cha want about him but even SHAQ knew he could win with because he would compliment Wade’s game,NOW WHAT DO YOU THINK HE COULD DO WITH KOBE AND BYNUM?!?

  • Mr. Juan / Your Warlock

    Dream On…………………………….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz