Blazers hold off furious Lakers rally, win 114-108

Portland’s enormous fourth-quarter lead dwindled to a single point before the Trail Blazers finally figured out how hold off the Los Angeles Lakers‘ patchwork lineup.

Wesley Matthews thinks the harrowing experience will be good for the Blazers as they try to cement their spot among the NBA’s elite.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and nine rebounds, and Portland blew most of a 20-point lead before holding on to beat the Lakers 114-108 Sunday night.

Damian Lillard had 26 points and nine assists, and Matthews scored 17 points for the Blazers, whose 11-game winning streak ended four days earlier in Phoenix. The Blazers tied their franchise record with 13 victories in November, and they opened December with an unlikely nail-biter, surviving despite blowing big leads in each half.

”We shouldn’t have had to do that,” Matthews said. ”There’s still a learning curve for us, but it’s a good sign if your lesson is you have to learn how to play with a lead. It’s better than having to fight back.”

The Lakers would agree, even though their rally got Staples Center rocking. Xavier Henry scored a career-high 27 points and Jodie Meeks added 20 for Los Angeles, which had won five of six to climb above .500 despite injury woes.

Portland led 94-74 entering the fourth, but promptly failed to score for nearly six minutes as the Lakers mounted a 24-5 run with a lineup featuring no point guard and energetic backup center Robert Sacre, who had career highs of 12 points and seven rebounds.

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