Kent Bazemore finds Wesley Johnson for the game-winning lob to push Lakers over Blazers (Video)

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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