PORTLAND, Ore. -- Wesley Johnson converted a game-winning lob on an out of bounds play to lift the Lakers to a 107-106 victory over the Blazers at the Moda Center on Monday.
With 7.1 seconds remaining and the Blazers leading 106-105, Kent Bazemore inbounded the ball from the left sideline. Rather than milking the clock down for the final shot, the Lakers set up a scramble situation near the top of the key. Johnson popped out on the far side of the scrum thanks to a back screen from Jordan Farmar, and he found himself waiting for the ball near the rim. Bazemore delivered the pass on time and on the money, and Johnson coolly finished the play. LaMarcus Aldridge was unable to recover in time to deflect the pass or block the shot, and the Lakers took a one-point lead with 6.3 seconds remaining.
"Obviously, Bazemore made a great pass," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. "[Johnson] did a great job of executing it, but we were trying to get two or three guys open and he picked the lob, which was spectacular. It was a great pass."
Wesley Johnson's basket with 6.3 seconds left helped the Lakers survive a furious Portland rally. (Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports)
The lob was the Lakers' only field goal in the game's final 6:06, but it was enough to hold off the Blazers, who mounted a comeback after facing a 15-point deficit.
Portland was unable to connect on a potential game-winner of its own. A jumper by Damian Lillard, who was defended by Jodie Meeks, fell short as time expired.
"[Meeks] did an unbelievable job on Lillard [on] the last play," D'Antoni said. "He shut him down, stayed in front of him. It was great."
Pau Gasol paced the Lakers with a game-high 22 points (on 10-for-20 shooting), nine rebounds and five assists. Meeks added 21 points (on 8-for-16 shooting) and three rebounds.
Aldridge finished with a team-high 21 points (on 9-for-19 shooting) and six rebounds. Robin Lopez added 19 points (on 9-for-13 shooting) and 16 rebounds in a losing effort.
The Lakers improved to 21-39 with the win. The Blazers dropped to 41-19 with the loss, which snapped a five-game winning streak.
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