During Saturday’s game, the injured Kobe Bryant was replaced by Lamar Odom to aid in the Lakers breaking their nine-game losing streak at the Rose Garden with a 99-82 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Bryant has played in 235 straight games and sat out with a sore left ankle.

Bryant originally sprained his ankle in Philadelphia last week. During Wednesday night’s victory over Charlotte, he aggravated it when Odom stepped on his foot.

Ron Artest had 21 points and the Lakers pulled away in the fourth quarter, leading by as many as 19 points.

Derek Fisher made a fast-break layup which pulled Los Angeles to within 41-39 before Gasol’s bank shot tied it.

Artest hit a 30-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Lakers a 54-48 lead going into the break.

“They left me wide open, and I’ve been shooting pretty well from 3 this year,” he said.

  • KableMan

    About time lol!

  • Lakers24fan

    I am so proud of how the team played especially without Kobe. It was good that the lakers ended their losing streak at Portland.

  • kobe24jordan

    sucks that hes injured but as long as the lakers can hold it together without KOBE nd win itll be fine coz hell hopefully will be able to play soon.

  • Zheng Joyce

    Get well soon Kobe!

  • skassis

    All I can say ,excellent game, no looking back,You have what it takes to be champions again, don’t let anybody tell you otherwise, I have faith in all of you, and you got my love and support.