Kobe Bryant went off for 27 points and added 5 rebounds leading Los Angeles over Portland, 104-87, on Friday at STAPLES Center.
Bettors who backed the Lakers were also rewarded, as they covered the closing number as a favorite of 9.5 at sportsbooks. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go UNDER the closing total of 205.5.
Dwight Howard had 21 points for Los Angeles and Pau Gasol chipped in with 15 points. Steve Nash had 10 assists for the Lakers, while Dwight Howard was the team's top rebounder, grabbing 14 boards.
Portland got 26 points from LaMarcus Aldridge in a losing cause and another 11 points from Damian Lillard. Nicolas Batum contributed 8 assists for the Trail Blazers, while J.J. Hickson had 8 rebounds.
Los Angeles led at halftime, 62-48.
Los Angeles won the battle of the boards, outrebounding their counterparts 52-44.
Los Angeles looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against the 76ers. The Trail Blazers will aim to get back on the winning track vs Philadelphia.