(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Trail Blazers used a 37-point third quarter to pull away from the Lakers for a 97-81 win at the STAPLES Center. Damian Lillard led the charge out of halftime scoring 14 of his 22 points. Portland improved to 35-and-38 with its third straight win. They're tied with the Nuggets for the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoff picture. The two teams play tomorrow at the Moda Center.