PORTLAND, Ore. — The Lakers lost their fouth in a row, tying their longest skid of the season, when they tumbled tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Lakers weren’t aggressive and the Trail Blazers were and it showed in the final score. Kobe Bryant scored 24 points on 10-for-25 shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 11 rebounds for Portland, and Gerald Wallace added 19 points and 13 rebounds. All five of Portland’s starters scored in double figures.
Coach Phil Jackson blasted the Lakers after the game.
“We were lazy and inefficient in the first half,” he said. “In the second half, we just didn’t buckle down and do the right thing offensively. … These guys just don’t want to play hard right now. … It’s a product of not paying attention, not being focused, not playing the game with the right attitude. … I asked them (the players) to give some recognition to what this is about, this job, their professionalism and their responsibilities.”