The Los Angeles Lakers have found many ways to lose this season, entering Monday's road game against the Portland Trail Blazers having gone 6-31 from December 21 through February 26. Even so, Monday night's road game against the Portland Trail Blazers threatened to be one of the worst of the bunch. Holding a 97-86 lead with a bit over 7:00 left in regulation, the Lakers conceded 20 points and failed to score a field goal over a six-minute stretch to fine themselves down 106-105 with only 7.1 seconds on the clock.
Luckily for them, they had a pretty nice play ready out of their timeout. After a screen from Jordan Farmar caught LaMarcus Aldridge for a brief moment, inbounder Kent Bazemore found Wesley Johnson heading to the basket and threw a lob for a potential alley-oop (or at least a catch in a decent scoring position). The pass wasn't stellar, but Johnson was able to make the catch and lay it in just over Aldridge for the eventual winner. Damian Lillard missed a potential buzzer-beater (which would have added to his building resume as one of the NBA's best late-game players) on the Blazers' game-ending possession.
The 107-106 win gives the Lakers their second win in a row, which might not be the most positive outcome long-term given their need for a young star in this June's draft. Based on the eternal wisdom of former Cleveland Indians manager Lou Brown, a win in Tuesday's home game against the New Orleans Pelicans would create some weird thing known as "a winning streak." Can you imagine that? What a world!
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