Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 4/11/13
Lillard’s Big Night Sitting 11 games under .500, and mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, the Portland Trail Blazers had very little to play for heading in to last night’s contest against the rival Los Angeles Lakers. However, any time Portland hosts the Lakers at the Rose Garden, no matter the situation, there’s always something to play for, and that something is pride. So even though Rip City was missing three starters (Nic Batum, Wes Matthews and JJ Hickson), they would attempt to derail Los Angeles’ playoff push behind All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge and rookie sensation Damian Lillard. Even though Portland fell short at the end of the game, Damian Lillard put on a show, going head to head with Kobe Bryant, trading punches all the way until the final buzzer. Hot First Quarter Lillard got the game going strong by pacing the Blazers in the first quarter, scoring 17 of his career-best 38 points in the frame. Damian knocked down three deep threes, to go along with three mid...
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