Lakers Vs. Blazers: LA Wins Hot One, 103-96

New Laker Ramon Sessions started at point guard Friday night, and notched a double double as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center.

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NBA Standings 2012: Lakers Hold 3-Game Lead In Pacific Division

The Los Angeles Lakers have won seven of their last nine games, and have surged into the lead the Pacific Division. Thanks in part to a brutal stretch by the Los Angeles Clippers, the Lakers have a three-game lead over their crosstown rivals. Here is an updated look at the NBA standings:

NBA Pacific Division Standings
Team Record Pct GB Last Week Next Week
LA Lakers 30-18 .625 --- 2-1 Mem, at GS, OKC, NO, GS
LA Clippers
27-21 .562 3 1-3 NO, Pho, Por, Uta
Phoenix 24-24 .500 6 1-2 at Cle, SA, at LAC, NO
Golden State 20-26 .435 9 2-2 LAL, NO, NJ, at LAL
Sacramento 17-31 .354 13 1-2 at Hou, SA, at Uta, NJ
Through games of March 24

The Lakers have 10 home games and eight road contest remaining, while the Clippers are evenly split at 9-9. The two teams face off on April 4, a designated home game for the Clippers.

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Lakers Vs. Blazers: Ramon Sessions Points LA To Victory, 103-96

The Los Angeles Lakers' (30-18) new point guard wasted no time making a name for himself in his first LA start, finishing with a double double as the Lakers held on in a hot one against the Portland Trailblazers (22-26) 103-96. This is the fifth time in the last seven games that the Lakers have scored more than 100 points, in their first eight games of the season the Lakers only managed that once. The Lakers remain in third place in the Western Conference.

Most importantly for the Lakers, it was a game where everyone got involved. Andrew Bynum led the Lakers with 28 points, but all five starters finished in double digit scoring; plus nine points from Matt Barnes. Ramon Sessions led the Lakers with 11 assists, as the team set a new season high of 33 assists. Sessions also finished with 20 points, his 34th such game in his career.

Paul Gasol didn't score much tonight, only ten points, but did get a double double pulling down 16 points. For the Lakers earlier in the year, a game where Kobe Bryant only scored 18 points might have been trouble. He started out 5-6, but missed all 11 attempts in the second half. The team had enough of a rhythm tonight that every player doing one aspect of the game well was just enough.

The Lakers out-rebounded the Blazers 53-29, only allowing six offensive rebounds. Despite being close down the stretch, the Lakers never trailed and the tempo controlling rebounding has a lot to do with it. The Lakers had 17 offensive rebounds.

Next for the Lakers, a Sunday night game at Staples Center. For more on the Lakers, check out Silver Screen and Roll.

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Lakers Vs. Trail Blazers Score Update: L.A. Holds 53-48 Lead At Halftime

The Los Angeles Lakers are hosting the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night at the Staples Center. While the Lakers seem to have finally found a nice groove, the Blazers have been in free fall for much of the season. Through the first half of play in Los Angeles, however, Portland is giving the Lakers a run for their money. At halftime, the Lakers lead, 53-48.

The Lakers jumped out to a huge lead after outscoring Portland in the first quarter, 30-19. Portland would not go away, however, fighting back into the game in the second quarter. The Blazers tied things up 48-48 within the last two minutes, but a three-pointer by Metta World Peace and a dunk by Andrew Bynum put the Lakers back up by five.

Bynum has 16 points and six rebounds through the first half of play.

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Lakers Schedule 2012: Portland Trail Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies Come To Staples Center

The Los Angeles Lakers snapped their two-game losing streak with one of their most impressive wins of the season Wednesday night in Dallas, a 109-93 pasting of the Mavericks. The Lakers return home this weekend for a pair of Western Conference battles at Staples Center, beginning Friday night. Here is the Lakers' schedule for the weekend.

Portland Trail Blazers at Lakers (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports West): The Blazers opened the season 5-1 and 7-2, but are now just 22-25. The two teams have split a pair of meetings, with each team winning at home. Their final meeting of the season comes in Los Angeles Friday night.

Memphis Grizzlies at Lakers (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports West, ESPN): Memphis hung tough without Zach Randolph and currently hold the fifth seed in the Western Conference. With Randolph back, the Grizzlies are a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference. The Lakers have beaten the Grizzlies twice this season.

For more news and information on Lakers basketball, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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