Trail Blazers 93, Lakers 86 (final)
It was yet another Lakers loss.
It was yet another poor effort by the Lakers.
It was yet another game in which the Lakers didn't have enough energy.
And now the Lakers have lost four straight games, tying their season high.
They seem to be a team waiting on the playoffs to start, a team just playing out the string in their 82-game regular season.
This is the same Lakers team that went 17-1 after the All-Star break, including nine victories in a row during that stretch.
Now it's a Lakers team that can't seem to win anywhere -- at Staples, where they lost two straight, or on the road, where they lost at Golden State Wednesday night and here in Portland where they lost Friday night at the Rose Garden.
It's not the way the Lakers should be playing with the playoffs a week away.
The Lakers trailed by 24 points in the third, by 17 in the fourth.
They tried to make it a game, getting to within seven points, but that was as close as they got when the game mattered.
All five of Portland's starters scored in double figures, led by LaMarcus Aldridge's 24 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. Gerald Wallace finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 24 points, but he was only 10-for-25 shooting from the field.
Lakers-Blazers box score