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NBA: LA Lakers' early blitz enough against Portland Trail Blazers

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Jamal Crawford #11 of the Portland Trail Blazers scores on a layup past Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center on February 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 103-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Jack Black takes in the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on February 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Nicolas Batum #88 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts to the defense of Metta World Peace #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 103-92 Laker win at Staples Center on February 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Raymond Felton #5 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts to his foul call in front of Derek Fisher #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on February 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Marcus Camby #23 of the Portland Trail Blazers scores on a layup in front of Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 103-92 Laker win at Staples Center on February 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Matt Barnes #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores on a layup in front of Nicolas Batum #88 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half at Staples Center on February 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers is defended by Nicolas Batum #88 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half at Staples Center on February 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Nate McMillan of the Portland Trail Blazers watches play against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 103-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Andrew Bynum #17 and Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers smile as they head back to the bench leading the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter at Staples Center on February 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Lakers won 103-92. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Ashton Kutcher watches the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on February 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Raymond Felton #5 of the Portland Trail Blazers loses the ball as he falls in front of Steve Blake #5 and Troy Murphy #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on February 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts as he makes a pass over Kurt Thomas #40 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half at Staples Center on February 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a play against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half at Staples Center on February 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes in for a layup in front of Marcus Camby #23 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half at Staples Center on February 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Derek Fisher #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers fends off Raymond Felton #5 of the Portland Trail Blazers as he dribbles to the basket during the first half at Staples Center on February 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers is folued by Nolan Smith #4 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half at Staples Center on February 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Derek Fisher #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers is fouled attempting a shot by Raymond Felton #5 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half at Staples Center on February 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Steve Blake #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket in front of Jamal Crawford #11 and LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half at Staples Center on February 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Mike Brown of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to play against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on February 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 103-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers is fouled by Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center on February 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 103-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Kurt Thomas #40 of the Portland Trail Blazers complains to the officials during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 103-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Wesley Matthews #2 of the Portland Trail Blazers has his shot blocked by Andrew Goudelock #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers forcing a jump ball during the second half at Staples Center on February 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 103-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers held a 30-point lead early in the second quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers last night before closing the game with a 103-92 victory.

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The win at LA's Staples Center takes the Lakers' home record to an impressive 14-2, although they now face a testing period with back-to-back games on the road against Dallas and Oklahoma City starting Wednesday in Dallas.

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