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Sunday, December 1st (All times Eastern)

Portland Trail Blazers (13-3) at Los Angeles Lakers (9-8), 9:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Portland Trail Blazers aim to start a new winning streak, but will have to end their road woes against the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday night at Staples Center.

The Trail Blazers' season-high 11-game winning streak came to an end with Wednesday's 120-106 loss at Phoenix. The Blazers hope to get back on track in Los Angeles, where they have lost six straight, 11 of 12 and 20 of their previous 23 contests against the Lakers.

In the loss to the Suns, LaMarcus Aldridge scored a team-high 24 points, Damian Lillard added 16 and Nicolas Batum finished with 15 points. Robin Lopez ended with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Blazers, who lost for the first time since Nov. 5 versus Houston.

Portland shot 45.3 percent and made only 7-of-19 3-pointers. The team also blew a 39-23 advantage at one point.

Two of Portland's three losses (13-3) have come against Phoenix.

"I don't know. We had a great start," Batum said. "We played like we want to play: great defense, we put the ball inside, we moved the ball and we were sharing the ball. Everything was perfect. We go up 16 and the bench comes in and they do the same job. Then we aren't making shots, we missed one shot, two shots, three shots and they got hot. And we know when this team gets on fire from three you have to stop them and that's what happened tonight."

The Blazers fell to 7-2 away from the Rose City and will start a four-game homestand Monday versus Indiana, Oklahoma City, Utah and Dallas.

Los Angeles has won two straight and five of its last six games, and completed a three-game road trip at 2-1 following Friday's 106-102 victory against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Wesley Johnson scored 27 points on 9-of-11 shooting and made 6-of-7 from beyond the 3-point line, while Shawne Williams contributed 20 points, nine rebounds and three assists for the Lakers, who shot 45 percent for the game and buried 14-of-31 3-pointers.

Pau Gasol had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Jordan Farmar also scored 13 points for L.A., which erased an eight-point hole (99-91) with under five minutes to play. The biggest factor for the Lakers was overcoming a 76-28 difference in points inside.

"I think we rope-a-doped today. They got so tired of beating us up in there, they got tired," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said of Detroit's inside game.'

Gasol (ankle/hand) is probable for Sunday's game.

The Lakers, who are still toiling without star Kobe Bryant (Achilles surgery), look to extend their home winning streak to four games and are 6-3 as the host this season. They went 3-1 against Portland a season ago and have won eight of the previous 11 contests between the teams.

Meanwhile, there are reports Bryant, who is out indefinitely, may return Friday at Sacramento after a week of practice.

12/01 10:28:08 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
DUR 3
NOR 2
 
Final
PHI 1
ATL 0
Final
DET 7
CLE 5
Final
MIN 7
TOR 0
Final
TEX 8
SEA 6
Final
SFG 1
LOS 2
Final
SDP 1
COL 3
Final
PIT 11
MIL 2
Final
WAS 0
STL 8
Final
TAM 2
NYY 10
Final
MIN 9
TOR 5
Final
CWS 1
BOS 3
Final
HOU 1
KAN 5
Final
NYR 4
PHI 1
3rd Intermission
STL 3
CHI 3
 
2nd Intermission
COL 2
MIN 4
 
1st Intermission
SJS 3
LOS 0
 
Final
DUR 3
NOR 2