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Blazers blast Lakers, Fernandez hospitalized

Mar 10, 2009 - 12:14 PM PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Brandon Roy scored 27 points and Travis Outlaw had 22 off the bench as the Portland Trail Blazers crushed the Los Angeles Lakers, 111-94, on Monday.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 points and 13 rebounds and Joel Przybilla added 12 and 18 for the Trail Blazers, who won their 12th straight home game.

"Our guys were great tonight," Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. "We beat the best team in the league and we had to beat this team. Defensively we played great. We got great ball movement and did the things we needed to do to win this game."

The Blazers have not lost at the Rose Garden since January 21, and wasted no time showing the NBA's best team that the trend would continue.

"I think we got beat every way we possibly could the first half," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "Shots, field goals made, points in the paint, offensive rebounds, free throws - everything."

Portland raced out to a nine-point lead after one quarter and held a 38-22 bulge with 8:36 to play in the opening half.

The Blazers shot 59 percent (24-of-41) in the first half as they went into the locker room with a 60-36 advantage and continued to pour it on after the intermission.

"We're confident," Przybilla said. "Every time we step on that court, especially at home, we feel like we can compete with anyone. We feel like we can win, and dominate."

LaMarcus Aldridge and rookie Rudy Fernandez each made a 3-pointer as Portland went on a 12-0 run that gave the Blazers an 81-51 lead with 1:39 left in the third. Los Angeles went scoreless for over 5 1/2 minutes during the run.

Frustration boiled over with 2.2 ticks on the clock in the third when Fernandez went up for a breakaway dunk.

Chasing from behind, Trevor Ariza swung his right arm and caught the Spaniard on the side of the head, sending him crashing to the floor. Fernandez was taken off on a stretcher with his neck tightly secured.

Fernandez sustained a soft tissue injury to his right upper chest and side area, according to the team, and X-Rays and CT scan were both negative.

He is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

"I was trying to go for the ball, trying to make a play on the ball, unfortunately someone got hurt," Ariza said.

"I think Rudy's going to be okay but you can protect a guy," McMillan said. "You can foul and protect a guy going full speed. It's a very dangerous play. Because he's going full speed, you hit a guy across his arm, his shoulder like that, you can hurt him in that situation."

The Lakers looked more inspired in the fourth quarter but the hole was too deep to climb out of as the Blazers cruised to the finish.

Kobe Bryant scored 26 points and Pau Gasol had 18 and 13 rebounds for the Lakers, who have dropped three straight away from home.

The loss was Los Angeles' most lopsided of the season.