Lillard’s 39 helps Blazers overtake Lakers

Blazers now 27-8

Blazers guard Damian Lillard is fouled going to the basket by Los Angeles Lakers forward Ryan Kelly in Portland, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Blazers guard Damian Lillard is fouled going to the basket by Los Angeles Lakers forward Ryan Kelly in Portland, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 39 points and made the go-ahead basket with 36 seconds remaining as the Portland Trail Blazers rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 98-94 Monday night.

Lillard hit four 3-pointers, and scored 16 points during the fourth quarter to lead the Blazers (27-8). He has scored at least 39 points in three of his past nine games.

LaMarcus Aldridge added 21 points, and reserve center Meyers Leonard had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Portland.

Jordan Hill led Los Angeles (11-24) with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Five Lakers scored in double figures, including Jeremy Lin with 14 points.

Kobe Bryant, the Lakers’ leading scorer at 23.6 points per game, stayed home for a scheduled day of rest. It was the fourth game Bryant has skipped after sustaining two leg injuries the past two seasons.

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