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Lakers’ Wesley’s Johnson’s game-winning alley-oop inbounds play to beat Blazers (VIDEO)

Mar 4, 2014, 2:57 AM EDT

Portland had battled back from 14 down to take a one-point lead and it looked like they would hand the Lakers another painful loss. The Lakers hadn’t scored a field goal in the final six minutes and looked defeated.

Then this happened. It’s a play the Lakers have run before (against Detroit): Jordan Farmar fakes a dive toward the rim but stops and comes back to set a back screen that Wesley Johnson rolls off of right to the rim. LaMarcus Aldridge gets hung up on the pick a little and that’s just enough room for Kent Bazemore to throw the lob and for Johnson to catch the ball and lay it in. In the blink of an eye  was 107-106 Lakers.

That left the door open for the Trail Blazers, who had six seconds left to get the win.  They didn’t even run a play, they went iso. The Blazers gave Damian Lillard the ball, went 1-4 flat and let him work. The result was a contested 25 footer that wasn’t pretty.

The coach that ran a play with the game on the line got the win. Love to see that.

  1. abchome - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:41 AM

    Great play!

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      It really was. Give D’Antoni credit where credit is due. They were basically defeated and had let Portland back into it and it looked like PDX would steal a win. This was well drawn up, well executed, and the Lakers come away with a well earned victory on the road against a good Portland team.

  2. unxpexted1 - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Dangit Lakers why are you winning games. Yes its come to that for me now :-/

    • dablakdrphil - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      I agree I want them to get a Top 6 pick and winning ain’t doing us any favors

  3. borderline1988 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Bad defense by Lillard…you have to hedge the roller, he did literally nothing but focus on his own guy and leave Aldridge in the cold….that’s the difference between a player with good defensive instincts and one who doesn’t..

  4. shuttaman1990 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    lillard is a bum seriously?.
    Lakers all day.

    • spthegr8 - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      Lillard is a bum..?? Do you even watch basketball..??? Just wondering??

      • shuttaman1990 - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        He’s a bum, I wanted portland to win for the tank, but also lakers to win to.
        but he had a bad defense.

        and that stupid travel he had when he was going inside=bum status.

        Portland=bunch of bums get mad.

        Lakers all day, we own you.

      • spthegr8 - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        I am a Laker fan ( Die Hard Fan ) But Lillard is FAR from a bum. That guy Aldridge is pretty good too.

  5. aboogy123456 - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    am I a bad fan for wanting the lakers to lose? I really want Exum on the team for the next 15 years, and if they lost they would have been 4th place in the draft, but now they are tied with utah and sacramento. It is good to see them play with a lot of heart though.

    • unxpexted1 - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      you really like Exum huh? Not saying he’s bad but just surprising that you have that much faith in the kid. I respect most of your opinions so i need to do some more research on him

      • fmlizard - Mar 4, 2014 at 3:43 PM

        It really doesn’t matter how much the Lakers win or lose from here on out. Anyone who doesn’t think LA will instantly rebuild with a perfectly timed top 5 pick and Kevin Love (or another FA star) is crazy. The NBA won’t let the Lakers wander the wilderness for long.

  6. fmlizard - Mar 4, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Wait. Wesley Johnson is still in the league? And averaging almost 10 points over 30 minutes a night? It’s worse in LA than I thought.

    This is a guy the TWolves gave up on at their lowest and did not care at all what they got in return. Which was nothing. What’s Jonny Flynn doing these days?

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