The Lakers held on to win a close one against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night, 111-107.

Steve Nash struggled all game but came up with a crucial basket with 1:44 left to give the Lakers a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

"I tweaked my back in the first quarter and it kept locking up," said Nash. "It was tight the whole game and I couldn't get the mobility."

Nash finished with four points on two-of-11 shooting, missing his lone free-throw attempt.

"Tonight I couldn't make shots but I tried to be there for my teammates," said Nash, who also dished six assists.

Nash said he did everything he could to will his last shot into the basket.

"When the ball got kicked out to me, and I didn't feel comfortable catching and shooting it because I was backing into it and I felt stiff," he said, "so I just tried to take my guy one on one and get deep and get a little fadeaway off -- and I was able to knock it in."