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Lakers ride huge 1st quarter past Blazers 103-92

By Greg Beacham

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Feb. 20 2012 11:16 p.m. MST

Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol, middle, attempts a shot against Portland Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby, left, and forward Nicolas Batum during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, in Los Angeles.

Bret Hartman, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant scored 28 points, Andrew Bynum had 14 points and 19 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers roared to a 30-point lead early in the second quarter before holding on for a 103-92 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Pau Gasol had 16 points and 12 rebounds in his first game since Bryant criticized the Lakers' front office for allowing Gasol to dangle amid trade rumors.

Neither superstar appeared distracted by the Lakers' latest off-court saga as Los Angeles reeled off a 37-4 run after Raymond Felton's game-opening 3-pointer for Portland.

LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum scored 18 points apiece as Portland couldn't quite recover from the lowest-scoring first quarter in club history, getting no closer than 10 points late in their fourth loss in six games.

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